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Vermont Law Partners with HBCU Cheyney University

April 21, 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., April 21, 2014—Vermont Law School has partnered with Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, founded in 1837 as the Institute for Colored Youth and recognized as the nation’s oldest historically black institution of higher education, to continue its effort to expand racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession.

In addition to Cheyney, Vermont Law has partnership agreements with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Morehouse College and Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., and Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.

Each partnership is tailored to the interests of the college or university. The partnerships with Cheyney, Morehouse and Spelman are designed to facilitate admission of qualified students to law school in general and Vermont Law in particular. The agreement with Central State, however, is designed to attract prospective students to the school’s environmental program, which is rated No. 1 in the nation.

“These Historically Black Colleges and Universities have long histories of promoting racial justice,” said Shirley Jefferson ’86, dean of student affairs and diversity at Vermont Law. “We’re confident their students will do well at Vermont Law, where our commitment to developing leaders who make a difference in the world underscores everything we do.”

As with the other agreements, to participate in the partnership, Cheyney applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 and a strong showing on the LSAT. They also must pass annual fitness and character reviews, and demonstrate participation in volunteer service and leadership activities. If accepted, students receive scholarships from $5,000 up to full tuition for their first two semesters at Vermont Law. The law school plans to continue the scholarships in future semesters for students who remain in good standing.

“I am very proud of this collaboration,” said Cheyney President Dr. Michelle Howard-Vital. “Vermont Law School is first in the nation in environmental law, and offers master’s programs in environmental policy. This is a great opportunity for talented students at Cheyney University. I look forward to the first student taking advantage of this opportunity.”

For more information about Vermont Law School’s partnerships with HBCUs, email Shirley Jefferson at or call 802-831-1333.


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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