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Green Mountain College Partners with Vermont Law School to Offer Accelerated Degree Programs

January 10, 2014


CONTACT: Peter Glenshaw, Director of Communications, Vermont Law School
Office: 802-831-1318, cell: 603-738-8487, home: 603-795-4764

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt., Jan. 10, 2014—Green Mountain College (GMC) students can now complete a bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctor degree in six years as opposed to the usual seven, or an accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree in four years instead of the usual five, thanks to three new dual-degree programs offered by GMC and Vermont Law School.

Academically qualified students may save time and money by matriculating into the JD, Masters of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP), or Masters of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL) programs at Vermont Law School after their junior year at GMC. The programs are designed for students who want to combine their broad-based environmental liberal arts undergraduate experience at GMC with a focused graduate course of study from VLS.

“The benefits of the dual degree are both programmatic and financial,” said GMC President Paul Fonteyn. “Dual-degree students can create a seamless transition between undergraduate and law school education. It’s a natural partnership between the preeminent environmental liberal arts college and the top environmental law school in the nation.”

Green Mountain College and Vermont Law School share similar values of environmental and social sustainability. The new agreement builds on previous collaborations, including an automatic admissions agreement in which qualified GMC students receive automatic admission to VLS.

Vermont Law President and Dean Marc Mihaly said that the new program takes advantage of the synergy between GMC and VLS to make higher education more affordable for Vermonters and to attract students outside the state to study in Vermont.

“The program would reduce significantly both the time and the cost of receiving a post-graduate degree,” Mihaly said. “Vermont Law already has one of the most progressive JD programs in the nation, and we look forward to working with Green Mountain to help their students reach their educational goals at the lowest possible cost.”

In addition to Green Mountain College, Vermont Law School has fostered partnerships with the University of Vermont and Boston University. The UVM collaboration enhances opportunities for students to receive the newly created Accelerated Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA at UVM’s School of Business Administration and a law or master’s degree at Vermont Law School. At BU, the partnership enables the creation of a new concentration in Environmental and Energy Law for students enrolled in the Executive LLM degree in International Business Law.


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, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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