​​​​Vermont Law School is committed to developing a generation of leaders who use the power of the law to make a difference in our communities and the world. Our environmental and energy, ​​international, public interest and clinical law programs are among the best in the nation. Here are just a few things that set us apart:

  • ​​​​​Accessibility: We are making legal education more accessible by offering a Two-Year Accelerated JD program, as well as merit and need-based scholarship aid​.
  • Meaningful Careers: In addition to law firms, our graduates​ work in government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, where there is demand for smart, talented ​lawyers who want to make a significant impact. Vermont Law School has one of the widest graduate dispersal rates among U.S. law schools. Our alumni work in all 50 states and in countries around the world.​​​​
  • Passion: Our students and faculty​ are committed to making the world a better p​​lace. For us, it's more than a job. It's a path that leads to a sustain​​able career and a meaningful life.​​
​​​Contact us today​ and begin a conversation with an admissions counselor.

​Vermont Law School's environmental law program has been ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report 17 times since 1991.


 


 

What To Expect From The JD Program

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.

While preparing for general practice in all 50 states, you’ll develop the knowledge and acquire the skills needed for leadership in environmental law, criminal law, dispute resolution, energy law, international and comparative law, land use, or water resources law.

The core curriculum focuses on legal doctrine and analysis, emphasizes the broader social context of the law, and provides education in the skills and values required for effective law practice. In the first year, you’ll build a foundation for legal study through exposure to basic subjects, the techniques of legal analysis, fundamental legal skills, and perspectives on the origins, function, and development of the legal system. During your second and third years, you’ll use Vermont Law School’s extensive course catalog to focus on the issue areas in which you’d like to work and lead.

To accommodate the financial realities of many students, Vermont Law School offers accelerated two-year and extended four-year enrollment options for the JD program.

I want to be doing something a little ground-breaking. People don’t come here just to be a lawyer and blend in.

Elena Mihaly,'13