Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

Law Student Opportunities

Join Us!

Are you a law student who is interested in environment, energy, and resources law? If so, you've come to the right place! The latest opportunities for you to get involved with the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) are listed below. If you are not already a member of the ABA and/or SEER, law students can join for free!

Writing Competitions

SEER sponsors a number of law student writing competitions each year. Winners receive a monetary prize!

Public Land and Resources: Entries are due by May 31, 2020. Please review the competition rules for further information.

Energy Law: Entries are due by May 15, 2020. Please review the competition rules for further information.

You may view 2019 writing competition winners here.


The Section is proud to offer a Law Student Scholar program. This program is available for most in-person conferences sponsored by SEER. Scholarship opportunities will be posted on this page when they are available. Selected scholars will have the opportunity to network with conference attendees and attend CLE sessions. This scholarship covers the conference registration fee, but does not include lodging or transportation. Selected scholars will be asked to assist SEER staff with collecting session evaluations, CLE sign-ins, and monitoring sessions during the conference. Applications are accepted from students who meet the following requirements:

  • Member of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Not a member? Sign-up online here.
  • Currently enrolled, or will be enrolled at the time of the conference, in an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Completion of the application by the deadline.

Join us in Chicago, April 22-24, 2020 for the 49th SEER Spring Conference! The law student scholarship application is posted here. The application deadline is Monday, April 6, 2020.

Career Webinars

The ABA Career Center sponsors webinars that provide information about a wide range of practice areas. Access to these webinars, and an archive of past programs, is an ABA member benefit. 

Energy law career webinar recording (November 2018)

Environmental law career webinar recording. (February 2019)

On-Demand Programs

Some of SEER's recent programs are listed below. These are free for ABA members. You can find more free programs in the ABA CLE library.

SEER Law Student Leaders

The Section's Special Committee for Law Students encourages law student members to use the committee as a way to network with other SEER members, become more involved in the Section, and learn about environmental, energy and natural resources law.

Involvement in the committee will allow you to add to your skill set, broaden your knowledge in the areas of environment, energy, and resources law, and give you valuable information in making career choices. If you are not already a member, you can join on SEER Connect and get involved in the conversation!

If you have questions about the committee, please reach out to one of our leaders, listed below.

Law Student Liaison from the ABA Law Student Division:
Greta Carlson

Staff Liaison: 
Kevin Gordon


  • If you are not already a member of the ABA Law Student Division, find out more about membership on this page.
  • Check out the ABA Law Student Division's Blog, "Before the Bar." It brings together a diversity of opinions, experiences, and voices from those associated with the law anywhere in the world and is targeted to law students, current, past and future.
  • Looking for a law school with an environmental law program?  See who U.S. News ranks as the top environmental law programs in the country here
  • The committee is assembling a database of Environmental Law Societies at law schools throughout the country.  This database will help the Section reach out to these organizations when there is a local conference or event.  To ensure that your Environmental Law Society (ELS) is included, please send an email to Kevin Gordon.  Please include your contact information and school affiliation.