​​​​​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 unprece​dented six consecutive years, including 2014-2015.

At the ELC, students and faculty work together to address crucial issues such as sustainable development, global warming, sustainable agriculture, land use, energy and the environment, environmental taxation, and water.

In addition, the ELC also organizes and hosts the Summer Session, an annual opportunity for Vermont Law students as well as students from other law schools and graduate schools to earn a master's degree from Vermont Law in either Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) or Energy Regulation and Law (MERL).

Originally founded as a separate entity in Vermont Law, the ELC is now an integral part of Vermont Law with core administrative and faculty leadership on the second floor of Debevoise Hall.  Centers and institutes associated with the ELC reside in adjacent buildings on the campus of Vermont Law.




Center for Agriculture and Food Systems - Vermont Law Schoolhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/CAFSCenter for Agriculture and Food Systems - Vermont Law SchoolDevelop 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.
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 Clinic - Vermont Law Schoolhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/clinics-and-externships/land-use-clinicLand Use Clinic - Vermont Law SchoolStudents 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.
U.S.-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/us-asiaU.S.-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law