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Masters Admissions

Vermont Law School offers Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) and Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL) degrees.  The Master of Environmental Law and Policy program provides interdisciplinary training in environmental law and policy, science, economics, and public advocacy.  The Master of Energy Regulation and Law program focuses on law and policy governing energy use, production, and transmission.  Most students pursue these 30-credit programs on a full-time basis over one year (12 months), but students can take courses on a part-time basis and have up to five years to obtain their degree.

Vermont Law School offers tuition scholarships to exceptional Masters candidates each year.   In addition to possessing strong academic records, scholarship recipients must demonstrate a commitment to environmental law and policy and 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.

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Information About Online Master's Program Admissions

 

Admissions Requirements

Admission to Vermont Law School's Master's programs is open to any person who has earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.  Applicants will be evaluated based on their overall ability to do graduate work.   Factors that will be considered in the application review include: GPA from undergraduate and any graduate schools, successful work history after completion of the baccalaureate degree, the required admission essay, and letters of recommendation from professors or professional or volunteer experience supervisors.  Students must submit official transcripts from all schools attended.

Neither the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) nor the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is required for applicants to the Masters programs.  However students who have taken the exam may submit their scores to support their application.  Scores should be sent directly to the school (GRE & LSAT School Code: 3946) for consideration.   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).


Applicant Notification

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 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.


Admissions Questions

Please contact the Admissions Office if you have questions about admissions or programs.
Toll free: (888)277-5985
Phone: (802)831-1239
Email: admiss@vermontlaw.edu

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.

International Credentials:
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:
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.

 

Applicant Notification

Vermont Law School reviews applications on a rolling basis. Once review begins, complete applications will be considered by the Admission Committee and applicants will be notified regarding the admission decision. Vermont Law School does not share information or provide any feedback regarding admission decisions.

If a student is offered admission, in order to secure a place in the incoming class, a total non-refundable tuition deposit of $500 will be required by the deposit deadlines indicated in the offer of admission. The non-refundable deposit will be applied in full toward the student's tuition upon enrollment.

Admissions Questions

Please contact the Admissions Office if you have questions about admissions or programs.
Toll free: (888)277-5985
Phone: (802)831-1239
Email: admiss@vermontlaw.edu

How to apply

Information and applications for applying to VLS's Master's programs.