Vermont Law School offers three Master of Law (LLM) degrees designed for students who have already obtained a law degree and are seeking to expand their knowledge in their chosen specialty or launch their career in a new direction.
Vermont Law School offers tuition scholarships to exceptional LLM candidates. In addition to possessing strong academic records, scholarship recipients must demonstrate a commitment to public service. There is no separate application process for scholarships; all admitted candidates will be given full consideration for scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be notified by April 1.
LLM in American Legal Studies
The LLM in American Legal Studies is designed for students who hold a law degree from an institution outside of the United States and seek a solid foundation in U.S. law and legal method. The curriculum is designed to help students achieve bar passage and meets all the requirements to sit for the bar exam in New York and Washington, DC. LLM in American Legal Studies students receive training in case briefing, legal writing, and U.S. bar exam preparation, and take all their classes together with JD students. The program is a full-time, two-semester program and begins in the fall semester only.
LLM in Energy Law
The LLM in Energy Law offers students the opportunity to specialize in law and policy governing energy use, production, and transmission. Students choose from more than 50 courses in energy and environmental law and policy—the widest range of courses offered by any law school in the world—giving students the freedom to design a curriculum that matches their personal objectives. Students in the LLM in Energy Law program learn from and work with faculty associated with VLS's renowned Institute for Energy and the Environment. The program is a one-year (twelve-month) program and begins in the fall semester only. Students also have the option to enroll in the program on a part-time basis.
LLM in Environmental Law
The LLM in Environmental Law degree program permits students to pursue intensive study and practical training in environmental law. Choosing from the more than 50 courses in environmental law and policy offered at the law school, students can design a program that increases their general knowledge of environmental law and policy or specialize in particular areas, such as food and agriculture, climate change, water resources, or land use and conservation. Students have the opportunity to learn from and work with 30 full-time environmental faculty as well as the law school's summer faculty and distinguished visiting fellows. The LLM in Environmental Law is a one-year (twelve-month) program beginning either in the summer or fall semester. Students also have the option to enroll in the program on a part-time basis.
Application to Vermont Law School's three LLM programs is open to any person who has completed a Juris Doctor (JD) or the international first law degree equivalent. Applicants will be evaluated on their overall ability to do graduate work. Factors that will be considered in the application review are: GPA from undergraduate, graduate, and law schools, successful work history, the required admission essays, legal writing sample, and letters of recommendation from professors or professional or volunteer experience supervisors. Students must submit official transcripts from all schools attended.
Please see the application for detailed instructions and information regarding application requirements, application deadlines, and letters of recommendation. Vermont Law School has an application fee of $60.00(USD).
Vermont Law School reviews applications on a rolling basis. The Admission Committee reviews all complete applications and applicants are notified promptly of the admission decision. Vermont Law School does not share information or provide any feedback regarding admission decisions.
An applicant offered admission must make a total non-refundable tuition deposit of $500 by the deposit deadlines indicated in the offer of admission in order to secure a place in the incoming class. The deposit will be applied in full toward the student's tuition upon enrollment.
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English as a Foreign Language, International Credentials, and International Students
English as a Foreign Language:
If English is not an applicant's primary language, the applicant must submit official test scores on English as a foreign language (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE) with the law school application (TOEFL School Code: 3946). The minimum scores are: TOEFL - 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, 100 internet-based; IELTS - 6.5; and PTE - 68. International students who received a bachelor's degree from an accredited United States institution are exempt from this requirement. Candidates who have lived and worked in an English-speaking country for more than two years should contact the Office of Admissions for a potential waiver of this requirement.
Applicants with international credentials must obtain and submit an official transcript evaluation through an evaluation agency such as World Education Services (www.wes.org) or Educational Credential Evaluators Inc. (www.ece.org). In addition to the agency evaluation, all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be submitted. Applicants may use the foreign credential evaluation services available through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) (www.lsac.org).
International students must submit a completed application by the general consideration deadline. This will allow sufficient time to obtain the additional documentation required to study in the United States. In addition, once accepted, international students must submit the International Student Information form, a copy of their passport, and financial documentation showing sufficient funding for at least one year of study and living expenses. This documentation must be submitted at least two months prior to the start of the semester in order to allow sufficient time for the school to issue an I-20 for the student to obtain an F-1 visa, if needed. An I-20 visa will not be issued without this documentation.
Information on applying to VLS's LLM program.