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The National Jurist Ranks Vermont Law School Among the Top for Public Interest Lawyers

April 14, 2008

CONTACT: Diane Derby, Director of Media Relations

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT – Upholding its pledge of "law for the community and the world," Vermont Law School has been ranked among the nation's top 20 public interest law schools in a study published in The National Jurist.

Based on 2005 data provided by the American Bar Association, the study found that 9.6 percent of graduating VLS students entered public interest law. That ranked VLS 17th in the country for its commitment to public service among the 195 law schools surveyed. The ranking, under the banner, "Where Public Interest Lawyers Go to Law School," appears in the magazine's March edition.

The survey also found that another 14.1 percent of VLS graduates went into government work. Combining the two categories, 23.7 percent—nearly one out of every four VLS graduates—pursued careers in public service or government law.

"This ranking reinforces what we already know: Vermont Law School students are dedicated to public service, be it in the rural towns of Vermont or the urban centers of China," said VLS Dean Jeff Shields. "Our graduates are committed to working for the greater good."

VLS's data show the number of graduates entering public service was even higher in 2006 and 2007, at 18 percent and 14.5 percent respectively (compared to the 9.6 percent figure measured in 2005).

The ranking was part of a larger story that appeared in The National Jurist that examined debt repayment and how new laws and loan repayment programs make it easier for law students to follow their passion for public service law. The National Jurist bills itself as "the magazine for law students."

The ranking can be found online at

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