/general-practice-programAcademics: Hands-On ExperienceThe General Practice Program“We’ve got a problem. Two people want us to represent them in a divorce. They say it will be amicable. Is there an ethical issue here? Let me know in half an hour.” Welcome to the General Practice Program.Read More
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Academics

​​​​At Vermont Law School, learning is geared toward purpose and action. 

VLS academic programs combine a solid foundation in law and policy with focus in one or several areas of specialization. Practical, real-world experience gained through work in legal clinics and externships enables students to hone their expertise and match their talents to their passions.

Learning happens everywhere: on campus—in classrooms, conference rooms, the library, and in dinner seminarsand off campus​in courtrooms, client offices, town meetings, mediation sessions, depositions, and legislative hearing rooms. It's a learning environment driven by students who are more intent on collaboration than on competition. 

Vermont Law School’s academic programs are designed to transform legal expertise and skills into tools of consequence. Faculty members, renowned legal scholars and practitioners, deliver an extensive course catalog that features the most environmental law courses of any law school in the United States. The top-ranked Environmental Law Center prepares students for leadership through practice in specialized institutes and clinics. International programs​ allow students to broaden their understanding of global policy and law, and test the waters of legal practice outside the U.S. And the Julien and Virginia Cornell Library, one of the nation’s best environmental law resources, supports students and faculty as they learn and practice.

 

 

Accelerated Juris Doctor (AJD)http://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/jd/accelerated-jdAccelerated Juris Doctor (AJD)Vermont Law School’s Accelerated Juris Doctor program will save you a year’s tuition and living expenses. And you’ll enter (or re-enter) the workforce sooner.
Agriculture & Food Systemshttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/agriculture-food-systemsAgriculture & Food SystemsFood is a basic necessity of human life and a unique vehicle for change, as it is intimately tied to human health, the environment, poverty, immigration, animal welfare, law, politics, and culture, on every step of its journey from farm to plate.
Business Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/business-lawBusiness LawA targeted suite of classes for students who want to specialize in business. Courses in corporations, securities, bankruptcy, nonprofit management, and even white collar crime are all available, as well as dispute resolution courses and clinic.
China & Southeast Asiahttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/china-and-southeast-asiaChina & Southeast AsiaAs the challenges posed by climate change grow in urgency, the power that massive developing countries like China, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar can leverage to effect change cannot be overstated.
Criminal Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/criminal-lawCriminal LawThe certificate in criminal law provides broad-based, comprehensive training and skills needed by students to become prosecutors, defenders, or to practice criminal law in a private firm setting.
Dispute Resolutionhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/dispute-resolutionDispute ResolutionIn an increasingly complex world, dispute resolution offers a way to find solutions that allow all parties to move forward without entering a courtroom.
Dual Degreeshttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/dual-degreesDual DegreesThrough partnerships with like-minded institutions, Vermont Law School students enhance the impact of their Vermont Law School Masters or Juris Doctor degree.
Energy Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/energy-lawEnergy LawVermont Law School courses and clinics consider the relationship between energy and the environment in the context of its legal, scientific, commercial and human implications.
Environmental Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/environmental-lawEnvironmental LawVermont Law School offers a multidisciplinary array of environmental courses in law, policy, science, economics, and ethics to students studying for any one of our degrees or certificates.
General Practicehttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/general-practiceGeneral Practice
International & Comparative Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/international-comparative-lawInternational & Comparative LawPrepares students for careers with international organizations, NGOs, law firms, multinational enterprises, and government agencies. We offer study experiences that broaden knowledge and skills, add new perspective, and open opportunities.
Juris Doctorhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/jdJuris Doctor​Earning a Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School indicates dedication and commitment, not just to the legal profession, but to making an impact through the law.
LLMhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/llmLLMPost-JD students find unparalleled opportunities for intensive study in Vermont Law School’s Masters of Laws (LLM) programs.
Land Use Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/land-use-lawLand Use LawIncluding smart growth principles, ecological planning, affordable housing, flood hazard mitigation, energy and land use regulatory decision-making, permitting processes, and land conservation strategies.
Legal Writinghttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/legal-writingLegal Writing
Master's Degrees - Vermont Law Schoolhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/mastersMaster's Degrees - Vermont Law SchoolA Master’s Degree from Vermont Law School is about more than legal theory. By studying advocacy, regulations, legislation, and markets, you’ll acquire the tools needed to create a more sustainable world.
Sports Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/sports-lawSports Law
Tax Law and Policyhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/tax-law-and-policyTax Law and PolicyWe know that improving the environment requires changing the way we run our businesses, use our resources, and act as citizens. But how do we actually make that change occur?
Technology & Legal Innovationhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/technology-legal-innovationTechnology & Legal InnovationDigital technologies create a wealth of new possibilities around how we define, deliver, and teach law. What does government become as legislation and regulation open to digital means of access and participation?
Water Resources Law - Vermont Law Schoolhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/water-resources-lawWater Resources Law - Vermont Law SchoolLearn about local, national, and global efforts to secure water supplies through research, education, and policy development. Focus on water law, environmental justice, and policy initiatives to further wise, judicious use of water as a public resource.