Houston has emerged as the heart of the current energy boom.

As the country moves closer to energy independence, there is significant demand for experts on the laws and regulations that shape the oil and gas industries. The result is a new institute focusing on oil and gas law at Houston's South Texas College of Law.

Announced earlier this week, the program will instruct students on industry best practices and help them develop applied petroleum-related transactional, title and regulatory practice skills, according to the Houston Chronicle. Stakeholders from the oil and gas industries will serve on an advisory board, guiding course structure and regulatory focus. 

"With the United States in the midst of an historic energy transformation and Houston at the heart of it, South Texas College of Law knew it was the right time to establish the Oil & and Gas Law Institute," President and Dean Donald Guter said in a statement. "Our goal is be the national leader in oil and gas law education. The needs are great, and we believe there is no better place to have this Institute than at South Texas College of Law in downtown Houston."

Houston has indeed emerged as the heart of the country's current energy boom, home to dozens of oil and gas production organizations, including almost every industry leader. This makes it an ideal place for students pursuing a career in energy regulation to learn real-world skills. 

For those organizations seeking insight into the best means of navigating the convoluted regulatory pathways for the industry, Houston oil field management consulting could provide the necessary insight. As increasing legislation is placed on the industry at a time of slipping prices, organizations should take every precaution to ensure compliance.