Program in Natural Resources Systems

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PINRS logo stackNatural resources are an integral and undeniable component of modern societies globally. These resources are critical for energy, agriculture, manufacturing and economic development in general. Our natural environment is a highly complex and integrated system, and sound decision-making related to the sustainable management of natural resources and the environment requires a broad and interdisciplinary approach. Acknowledging the centrality and complexity of natural resources systems, the Natural Resources Systems (NRS) Program at Texas A&M School of Law endeavors to train and offer real world experience to students on law and policy issues related to exploitation, management and conservation, and advance research on natural resources that connects with other disciplines and with communities worldwide.

Real Work Experience



Students in the NRS Program have worked as interns at various private sector, governmental and non-governmental organizations


Students in the NRS Program have earned course credit while gaining meaningful and substantive legal experience under the supervision and mentorship of practicing attorneys, judges and policy experts locally, across the nation, or internationally.
REP-PP 2017 Britt Brandon Meet Britt Brandon, Spring 2017 extern at the Texas Railroad Commission in Austin during the legislative session, part of the Residency Externship Program in Public Policy at Texas A&M Law

REP-PP 2017 Henrik StrandMeet Henrik Strand, who worked on the RESTORE Act in Austin as an extern at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, part of the Residency Externship Program in Public Policy


Global Experiences

Explore natural resources systems issues throughout the world in our Global Programs field trip courses and field placements.

  • Guanajuato LauerMexico:
    Contemporary Issues in Water Resources: U.S. Mexico Water-Food Nexus, Guanajuato, Mexico
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Blog:Cambodia Angor Wat MariFollow Marializa Kelly (JD '15) in Phnom Penh ​where she worked as part of an international ​team to complete the draft ​Environmental ​Code for Cambodia. This transparent process involved public participation and ​collaborating with the Ministry of Environment, UN Development Programme and various NGOs. Her ​international field placement was sponsored in part by Texas A&M Law Global Programs.


Interdisciplinary Collaboration

NRS Faculty​ collaborate with other Texas A&M University System units in conducting research, teaching classes and coordinating field courses. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty, compete for specialized scholarships and participate in interdisciplinary conferences and classes around the world.

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Conferences, Speaker Series and Events

  • New Water symposium flyer"New Water" Property Journal Symposium
    New water innovations to meet the global need — rainwater harvesting, brackish aquifers, reuse and cloud seeding — present new legal, regulation and policy ​issues.

  • The Future of EnergyEighth Energy Symposium: The Future of Energy
    Industry experts, academics and public officials explore the issues bearing on anticipated needs, policy challenges and proposed reforms in the U.S. and global energy markets.

  • Water-Lecture-SeriesAnnual Water Lecture Series:
    Perspectives on Law & Policy

    • 2017: Achieving Water Security
    • 2016: What Can Texas Learn From Integrated Water Resources Management?
    • 2015: Energy, Food and Water in the Rio Grande Basin
    • 2014: Is Texas Missing an Opportunity? Lessons From Australia