​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Vermont Law School has the largest and deepest environmental program of any law school, and the Environmental Law Center (ELC) is where faculty, students, and advocates gather to work. 

Founded in 1978, the ELC serves as the hub for a wide-range of activities, including classes, faculty, research centers and institutes, conferences, lectures, and other special programs. All of these activities contribute significantly to consistently high ranking which Vermont Law receives from U.S. News & World Report for environmental law. Over the past 24 years, Vermont Law has earned 17 top rankings and never ranked lower than No. 2. Vermont Law has been the top-ranked law school for environmental law for an unprecedented six consecutive years, including 2014-2015.

At the ELC, students and faculty work together to address crucial issues such as climate change, energy, water, sustainable agricultureenvironmental taxation, and land use​.

In addition to our robust regular academic year curriculum​, the ELC also organizes and hosts the Summer Session, where degree and non-degree students from around the world immerse themselves in environmental law and policy.




Center for Agriculture and Food Systemshttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/centers-and-programs/center-for-agriculture-and-food-systemsCenter for Agriculture and Food SystemsDevelop the next generation of sustainable food and agriculture law and policy leaders while providing legal and policy resources and solutions for citizens to build and support such systems.
Energy Clinichttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/clinics-and-externships/energy-clinicEnergy ClinicStudents work on energy projects that resolve energy policy challenges in a sustainable and fair way for the Vermont community and the world.
Environmental Tax Policy Institutehttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/centers-and-programs/environmental-tax-policy-instituteEnvironmental Tax Policy InstituteAnalyzes the ways in which taxation can be used to address environmental problems.
Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinichttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/clinics-and-externships/ENRLCEnvironmental and Natural Resources Law ClinicWorking directly with leading conservation organizations throughout the country​ and with local community groups and promoting access to justice for those who would not otherwise be able to obtain legal representation.
Food and Agriculture Clinichttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/clinics-and-externships/food-and-agriculture-clinicFood and Agriculture ClinicEquips students with practical skills to be sustainable food and agriculture advocates and entrepreneurs.
Institute for Energy and the Environmenthttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/IEEInstitute for Energy and the Environment​​Energy and the environment go ​hand in hand. An enormous proportion of the earth’s environmental issues arise out of the use of energy.
Land Use Clinichttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/clinics-and-externships/land-use-clinicLand Use ClinicStudents will develop practical skills and competencies associated with land use practice such as municipal planning, environmental and state land use, statutory requirements and processes, district commission and environmental court proceedings.
Land Use Institutehttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/centers-and-programs/land-use-instituteLand Use InstituteAddresses land use law and policy issues that are intensifying at the local, national, and international levels and are critical to the development of a sustainable society.
New Economy Law Centerhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/centers-and-programs/new-economy-law-centerNew Economy Law CenterThe New Economy Law Center at Vermont Law School explores the role of the law and policy change in transitioning to a new economy.​​​​
Summer Sessionhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/summerSummer SessionSpend your summer at Vermont Law School's nationally recognized Summer Session. Learn from VLS professors, environmental law leaders, and agency professionals.
U.S.-Asia Partnership for Environmental Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/centers-and-programs/us-asiaU.S.-Asia Partnership for Environmental LawThe U.S.-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law works collaboratively with government institutions, non-government organizations, lawyers, judges, lawmakers and others to promote good environmental governance in Asia.
Water and Justice Programhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/centers-and-programs/water-and-justice-programWater and Justice ProgramPromotes the wise and sustainable use of water resources locally, nationally, and globally through research, education and policy development.