An integral part of the master's, LLM, and ​joint degree programs is gaining real world experience through externships. Our students explore environmental law, science, and policy in a wide variety of settings both locally and worldwide. Activities may include counseling, drafting regulations and legislation, preparing legal memoranda, drafting or commenting on environmental or land use plans, and fieldwork related to wetlands, endangered species, and other natural resource management and preservation issues.

Student Resources

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Contract Form Deadlines for 2014-2015 Externships

Vermont Law School Residential Students

Fall 2014Friday, August 22nd, 2014
Spring 2015Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
Summer 2015Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Distance Learning Students

Summer 2014Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Fall 2014, Term 1Friday, August 22nd, 2014
Fall 2014, Term 2Monday, October 27th, 2014
Spring 2015, Term 1Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
Spring 2015, Term 2Friday, February 27th, 2015
Summer 2015, Term 1Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Summer 2015, Term 2Monday, June 29th, 2015

Northeastern University School of Law Students

Fall 2014Friday, August 22nd, 2014
Winter 2014Friday, November 28th, 2014
Spring 2015Friday, February 27th, 2015
Summer 2015Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Recent Externships

Recent master’s degree students earned credit while working as interns for the following organizations:

  • American Wind Energy Association
  • Center for Biological Diversity
  • Embassy of Canada–Environment and Energy Section
  • Executive Office of the President of the United States
  • Food and Water Watch
  • Marine Fish Conservation Network
  • Navajo Nation Department of Justice
  • NOAA Office of the General Counsel for International Law
  • The Greater Yellowstone Coalition
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • United Nations Environment Program
  • United States Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor
  • Vermont Department of Agriculture
  • Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Worldwatch Institute


Students interested in First Nations environmental law might pursue externships at intertribal organizations such as the National Tribal Environmental Council or the National Congress of American Indians.

Students design their own MELP Externships with the advice and consent of a Faculty Supervisor. Each internship is carefully defined in a contract with the sponsoring organization. Contract Forms are completed by the student in accordance with the guidelines for MELP and LLM Externships in the Academic Regulations. Externship Contracts must meet the approval of the Externship Director of the Environmental Law Center and the faculty member supervising the internship.