​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Energy and the environment go ​hand in hand. An enormous proportion of the earth’s environmental issues arise out of the use of energy. If you care about the environment, energy policy is the single most important influence; and if you care about energy, environmental externalities are the most important constraint. The discussion covers a wide spectrum of disciplines—including law, science, engineering, finance, public policy and economics. We hope that masters and law graduates of the institute’s energy program will continue their rigorous research, analysis and advocacy well after their time with us in South Royalton, making an impact felt throughout the century.

The Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) is a national and world energy policy resource with an advanced energy law and policy curriculum focused on the energy policy of the future. The institute serves as a center for graduate research on energy issues with an environmental awareness and recently established a student-staffed energy clinic, which works on legal and business models for community energy development.  We select our research associates from top students in the energy and environmental programs at Vermont Law School—an institution with a longstanding reputation for advancing environmental law and policy.  Our unique year-round Energy Clinic​ works on the cutting edge of renewable energy development and as one early result of our work VLS is powered by over 50% local solar energy​.

As you explore our portion of the Vermont Law School website, please bear in mind how energy policy is increasingly driven by the imperative of preserving our environment, and how dramatic increases in society’s demand for energy have had environmental effects. Please reflect on the role of law and policy in balancing the competing interests of energy use and environmental quality. Could the institute help you, your organization, or your enterprise? Think about the skills and knowledge that the graduates of the IEE team can bring to you as an employer. Most of all, keep in mind that as energy consumers, the actions we take today will create tomorrow’s reality.

The IEE faculty and staff team: Jenny Thomas, Mark James, Roxana-Andreea Mastor, Jeannie Oliver, Kevin Jones, Ben Jervey and Laura Schieb.  At the IEE we focus on the energy policy of the future.  Please join us.

Curricular Opportunities



New Economy Emerginghttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/centers-and-programs/new-economy-law-center/new-economy-emergingNew Economy EmergingExplore examples of the new economy emerging.
Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL)http://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/masters/master-of-energy-regulation-and-law-(merl)Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL)Focuses on law and policy governing energy use, production, and transmission.
LLM in Energy Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/llm/llm-in-energy-lawLLM in Energy LawDesigned for students who have already earned a law degree and wish to pursue intensive study and training in the field of energy law.
JD/LLM in Energy Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/joint-degrees/jd-llm-in-energy-lawJD/LLM in Energy LawEarn both a Juris Doctor (JD) and an LLM in Energy Law in less time than is required to obtain each degree separately.
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.
Certificate in Energy Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/certificates/certificate-in-energy-lawCertificate in Energy LawThe Certificate in Energy Law involves study of the law and policy relating to renewable energy development and the environmental problems associated with traditional energy production.​