The Center for U.S. and Mexican Law at the University of Houston assists UH law students to arrange summer internships in Mexico City through the following Mutual Cooperation Agreements:
Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (Ministry of Foreign Affairs). In 1989, the University of Houston Law Center concluded a Mutual Cooperation Agreement with the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since that time, the Law Center has provided tuition scholarships to over 20 lawyers from the Ministry, permitting them to matriculate and complete the Master of Laws degree at the Law Center. After completing their law studies in Houston, the lawyers have all returned to the Mexican Foreign Service; two Law Center alumni have served as Legal Adviser to the Foreign Minister, several have served as Ambassadors, and many other Foreign Service Officers work in embassies around the world. In addition, for many years, the Ministry has received University of Houston Law students as summer interns in the Office of the Legal Adviser in México City.
Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX). In 1993, UH Law Center signed a Mutual Cooperation Agreement with PEMEX that is similar to the Agreement with the Foreign Ministry. Since that time, over 20 PEMEX attorneys have completed the Master of Laws degree. As the eighth largest oil company in the world, PEMEX has found this method training its legal staff to be an essential tool in competing in the international energy sector. In addition, as part of the agreement, PEMEX has each year received UH law students as legal interns in the summer, working at the PEMEX headquarters in México City.
The Center is currently working with México’s Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) to finalize a collaboration agreement that would provide for similar opportunities for CNH’s staff attorneys and UHLC law students. During the summer of 2013, three UHLC students interned CHN’s legal department.