​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Energy and the environment go ​hand in hand. An enormous proportion of the earth’s environmental issues arise out of the use of energy. If you care about the environment, energy policy is the single most important influence; and if you care about energy, environmental facts are the most important constraint. The discussion covers a wide spectrum of disciplines—including law, science, engineering, finance, and economics. We hope that graduates of the institute’s energy program will continue their rigorous research and analysis well after their time with us in South Royalton, making an impact felt throughout the century.


The Institute for Energy and the Environment is modeled on the fundamentals of a successful public policy consulting firm—committed to delivering vital services that are on point and timely. We select the research associates from top students in the energy and environmental programs at Vermont Law School—an institution with a longstanding reputation for advancing environmental law and policy.

As you browse through our portion of the Vermont Law School website, please bear in mind how energy policy is increasingly driven by the imperative of preserving our environment, and how dramatic increases in society’s demand for energy have had environmental effects. Please reflect on the role of law and policy in balancing the competing interests of energy use and environmental quality. Could the institute help you, your organization, or your enterprise? Think about the skills and knowledge that the graduates of the research team can bring to you as an employer. Most of all, keep in mind that as energy consumers, the actions we take today will create tomorrow’s reality.

Energy resource conflicts tend to be resolved with laws or wars. I prefer laws.

Michael Dworkin
Director and Professor of Law

Curricular Opportunities



JD/LLM in Energy Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/joint-degrees/jd-llm-in-energy-lawJD/LLM in Energy LawEarn both a Juris Doctor (JD) and an LLM in Energy Law in less time than is required to obtain each degree separately.
Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL)http://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/masters/master-of-energy-regulation-and-law-(merl)Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL)Focuses on law and policy governing energy use, production, and transmission.
LLM in Energy Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/llm/llm-in-energy-lawLLM in Energy LawDesigned for students who have already earned a law degree and wish to pursue intensive study and training in the field of energy law.
Institute for Energy and the Environmenthttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/IEEInstitute for Energy and the Environment​​Energy and the environment go ​hand in hand. An enormous proportion of the earth’s environmental issues arise out of the use of energy.
Energy Law Specializationhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/energy-lawEnergy Law SpecializationVermont Law School courses and clinics consider the relationship between energy and the environment in the context of its legal, scientific, commercial and human implications.
Energy Clinichttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/clinics-and-externships/energy-clinicEnergy ClinicStudents work on energy projects that resolve energy policy challenges in a sustainable and fair way for the Vermont community and the world.
Certificate in Energy Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/certificates/certificate-in-energy-lawCertificate in Energy LawThe Certificate in Energy Law involves study of the law and policy relating to renewable energy development and the environmental problems associated with traditional energy production.​
LLM Energy Law Degree Requirementshttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/academic-catalogs/llm-energy-law-degree-requirementsLLM Energy Law Degree RequirementsDegree requirements for the LLM in Energy Law
Master of Energy Regulation and Law Degree Requirementshttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/academic-catalogs/master-of-energy-regulation-and-law-degree-requirementsMaster of Energy Regulation and Law Degree RequirementsDegree requirements for the Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL) degree