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Boston University and Vermont Law School to Partner on LLM Concentration

October 2, 2013


Peter Glenshaw, Director of Communications, Vermont Law School
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SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. — A partnership between Vermont Law School and Boston University will enable the creation of a new concentration in Environmental and Energy Law for students enrolled in Boston University’s Executive LLM degree in International Business Law.

Under the agreement, Vermont Law School faculty will teach seven courses via its distance-learning program. Boston University students will take these courses alongside Vermont Law School students.

The seven courses include three environmental law courses, as well as four courses from the Energy Law and Policy catalog. Vermont Law currently offers the largest environmental law curriculum in the country, with more than fifty courses available for residential students pursuing a JD, Master’s degree, or LLM degree, and 17 courses for distance-learning students pursuing an online Master’s degree in Environmental Law and Policy or an LLM in Environmental Law.

“Vermont Law School is pleased to partner with Boston University to provide specialized and in-depth training on energy issues to the school’s LLM students,” said Rebecca Purdom, Associate Professor of Law and Director of Distance Learning at Vermont Law School. “As the top-ranked environmental law program in the nation, Vermont Law has always been interested in finding innovative ways to educate students to use the power of the law to make a difference. We hope to find additional opportunities for partnership with other academic institutions.”

“Boston University School of Law is always exploring potential areas of synergy, and our collaboration with Vermont Law School is one such example,” says program director Ian C. Pilarczyk. “Vermont's experience with distance learning as well as their leadership in the areas of environmental and energy law make this an ideal partnership. It also builds on the strengths of the ELLM and that I am sure will offer an enriching experience for students in both programs.”


Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, has the top-ranked environmental law program and one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service; two Master’s Degrees (Master of Environmental Law and Policy, and Master of Energy Regulation and Law), and three post-JD degrees—LLM in American Legal Studies (for foreign-trained lawyers), LLM in Energy Law, and LLM in Environmental Law. The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center, the South Royalton Legal Clinic, and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. For more information, visit

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