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 sustainable development, global warming,
energy and the environment,
environmental taxation, and
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.