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Vermont Law School Ranked First in Environmental Law For Third Consecutive Year

March 15, 2011

logo best law schools 2011 U.S. NewsSOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- U.S.News & World Report has ranked Vermont Law School's environmental law program as the best in the nation for the third consecutive year. The 2012 Best Grad Schools guidebook appears on www.usnews.com/grad on Tuesday, March 15, and on newsstands on April 5.

"I'm proud of this continued recognition of the depth and breadth of our environmental curriculum, clinic and institutes," said Professor Marc Mihaly, director of the school's Environmental Law Center (ELC). "Our success reflects the dedication of our wonderful faculty and students. Our graduates bring strong skills and environmental direction to their legal and policy positions in government, nonprofits, law firms and corporations."

Vermont Law School has placed first 14 times and never placed lower than second since the U.S. News environmental specialty rankings began in 1991. To develop its specialty rankings, U.S. News asked legal educators to identify the top programs.

Vermont Law School also placed among the top 100 law schools where law firms tend to recruit (number 96). This is the first year that U.S. News has ranked law schools based on the opinions of recruiters and hiring partners at the nation's most highly regarded law firms.

"Employer recognition of the excellence of our graduates continues to grow," Dean Jeff Shields said. "This is not surprising given the exceptional preparation in writing, speaking and critical thinking that takes place at Vermont Law School."

The ELC offers the largest selection of environmental law courses in the nation. The multidisciplinary program in law, policy, science and ethics attracts law and graduate students, lawyers, government officials, teachers, scientists, journalists and citizen activists. Since its creation in 1978, the ELC has trained people to be environmental leaders in government, nonprofits, corporations and private practice - locally, nationally and internationally. The ELC administers the Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) degree program for lawyers and non-lawyers and the Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law, a post-Juris Doctor degree for experienced attorneys who seek to specialize.

Vermont Law School offers clinical, research and experiential environmental programs through the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, the Institute for Energy and the Environment, the Land Use Institute, the Environmental Tax Policy Institute, the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law, and the Environmental Semester in Washington. The ELC's Summer Session offers a broad curriculum, a Visiting Distinguished Environmental Scholars program and a lecture series that features summer faculty members, distinguished summer scholars and summer media fellows speaking about current issues in their fields.

CONTACT: John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations
Office: 802.831.1106, cell: 540.798.7099, jcramer@vermontlaw.edu

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