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LLM in Environmental Law

The LLM in Environmental Law degree program is designed for students who have already earned a law degree and wish to pursue intensive study and practical training in environmental law. The program is open to students who have graduated with a JD degree from a U.S. law school as well as students who have received a law degree in another country.

Vermont Law School offers LLM candidates over 50 courses in environmental law and policy—the widest range of courses offered by any law school in the world—giving students the opportunity to design a curriculum that matches their personal objectives. In addition, students can specialize in such areas as climate change, land use, natural resources, or water resources.   Students in the LLM in Environmental Law program participate in a special LLM seminar focusing on advanced research topics in environmental law.

Full-time LLM students ordinarily complete the degree requirements in twelve months. Students may begin their studies in either the summer or fall semester. Students have the option of taking up to five years from the date of matriculation to complete the degree. VLS recently launched the nation's first online master's degree program in environmental law. Find out more at


LLM in Environmental Law Career Pathways

The LLM in Environmental Law prepares students to practice environmental law in the public or private spheres or pursue careers in teaching, research or public policy.

LLM in Environmental Law Curriculum

The LLM in Environmental Law is a 30-credit advanced degree with three required courses and the opportunity to choose courses from the law school's large number of electives. Students may pursue a general education in environmental law or concentrate in one of the special areas of strength at VLS.

What Students and Graduates Say

Vermont Law School graduates go on to influential careers in the United States and abroad, with governments, non-profit organizations, and leading private firms.

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The faculty at Vermont Law School includes dedicated teachers, scholars, litigators, policy makers, and mentors for our students.

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An excellent general education, along with an inquiring, disciplined, and cultivated mind, are the most important qualifications for the study of environmental law and policy. Vermont Law School looks favorably on undergraduate and graduate programs that give students an opportunity to analyze critically and think creatively. Precision, fluency, and economy in speaking and writing are the most vital skills for success at Vermont Law School.