The Future

Academics

The Energy Law Center will:

  • Develop collaborative and cross-enrollment opportunities for courses with the LSU A & M campus in content areas that will enhance the knowledge of students concentrating in energy law.  Examples of potential programs with courses for cross enrollment include Geology, Petroleum Engineering, Nuclear Sciences, Coastal Sciences, Environmental Science and Chemical Engineering.
  • Establish certificates of specialization and a range of joint degrees to provide students the opportunity to combine an in-depth understanding of energy law with the study of science, engineering, business, and other disciplines as they relate to the twenty-first century energy industry in all of its manifestations.  Through the academic resources offered by the new Center, LSU Law will be able to offer students specialized certificates in energy law, dual degree programs in law and energy-related sciences and disciplines (for example, a J.D./Masters in Petroleum Engineering or Petroleum Geology), and a masters (L.L.M.) in energy law that will attract students throughout the nation and globally to LSU Law.*
  • Ensure that LSU law students will be able to cross register for additional courses in science, engineering, and business-related disciplines through the LSU Energy Law Center and LSU A & M.  LSU Law plans to establish matriculated coursework with LSU A & M to allow law students access to important foundational courses in the Colleges/Schools of Coast and Environment, Business, Engineering, Geology and Forestry, among others. Additionally, LSU A & M students will be allowed to cross-register for Energy Law Center courses of particular relevance and interest.*

*LSU Law has begun conversations with LSU A & M regarding these potential programs.

Nesser Family Distinguished Endowed Chair in Energy Law

In the fall of 2011, an esteemed committee of national energy professionals and academics was formed to launch a nationwide search for the first holder of the Nesser Family Distinguished Endowed Chair in Energy Law. It is expected that a candidate will be chosen during the 2012 – 2013 fiscal year, and the holder of the Nesser Family Chair is expected to join the LSU Law faculty in the Fall of 2013.

Liskow & Lewis Visiting Professorship in Energy Law

The law firm of Liskow & Lewis has pledged $200,000 to fund an annual visiting professorship in Energy Law.  The Liskow & Lewis Visiting Professorship in Energy Law will attract leading academics, lawyers, government officials, and industry professionals to come to campus, interact with students, and discuss cutting-edge energy issues.

Service to the Nation, State and Community

The Energy Law Center will serve as a “go to” resource for companies, policymakers, and other interested stakeholders focused on legal and related policy issues touching on the energy sector. The Center will serve as a repository of research and a source of consultative services for law firms and businesses throughout Louisiana and across the Gulf Coast wishing to expand their energy-related work.