Monday, January 20, 2020
The University of Houston Law Center received the 2019 Global Legal Skills Award for Law Schools, in recognition of the school’s strong commitment to fostering programs vital to teaching skills that U.S. students will need to succeed in an increasingly global legal marketplace. The award was presented in Phoenix during the 14th Global Legal Skills Conference at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.
The University of Houston Law Center offers almost three dozen independent courses related to international issues ranging from the mundane to the extraordinary. For example, course offerings include international staples such as International Tax and International Commercial Arbitration, but also specialized courses like Foreign Affairs, Crimmigration, and Transnational Petroleum Law (Lex Petrolea). The Law Center also supports a full-time librarian dedicated to foreign and international law research who, from time to time, teaches an upper-level research course in these fields.
In addition to its course offerings and research support, the law school also supports international skills training in several areas:
- The University of Houston Law Center and the University of Calgary Faculty of Law have partnered to form the International Energy Lawyers Program, a dual program that permits participating law students to earn both American and Canadian law degrees in four years. Students spend two years at each school and, upon graduation, can apply for admission to bars in both the United States and Canada.
- The Center for U.S. and Mexican Law assists Law Center students to arrange summer externships in Mexico City with prestigious Mexican institutions such as Mexico’s Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (National Hydrocarbons Commission), Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and the Comisión Reguladora de Energía (Energy Regulatory Commission).
- The Law Center sponsors award-winning competition teams in the Competencia de Arbitraje Internacional de Inversión a Spanish-language arbitration competition, and other international competitions.
- And the Law Center annually hosts several foreign-trained and foreign-licensed LL.M. candidates who study U.S. Law, Energy Law, Health Law, Intellectual Property and Information Law, International Law, and Tax Law.
The law school also sponsors centers that organize research symposia, professional seminars, and lectures on current comparative law issues. These centers also participate in cross-border educational collaborations:
- The law school created the Center on Global Law and Policy for the Americas a new international center to focus on research, scholarship, and teaching related to international comparative law.
- The school sponsors a Center for U.S. and Mexican Law focused on increasing the understanding of Mexican laws and legal institutions in the United States, and U.S. laws and legal institutions in Mexico.
- And the Law Center promotes professional cooperation and comparative legal education through a partnership with the North American Consortium on Legal Education.
Through these many initiatives, the University of Houston Law Center demonstrates its commitment to global legal skills training for students and practitioners – international or domestic – who participate in the various research symposia and professional seminars the Law Center sponsors.
We congratulate the University of Houston Law Center on receiving the 2019 Global Legal Skills Award for Law Schools.