Graduating with two degrees from Vermont Law School is an attractive path for students who are passionate about environmental law and policy. The joint degree program offers a deeper and richer educational experience. It also opens up additional employment options by equipping students with a deeper understanding of environmental law and credentials demonstrating a strong commitment to the field.

JD/Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP)

The JD/MELP degree program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in environmental law, take full advantage of the large and diverse environmental law curriculum at VLS, and supplement their study of environmental law and policy with interdisciplinary training in science, economics, communications, and public advocacy.

JD/Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL)

The JD/MERL degree program responds to the rapid growth of the alternative energy sector as well as the environmental problems associated with traditional energy production. The emergence of a smart electric grid and the prospects for electrifying the transportation sector are revolutionizing the energy field. The JD/MERL program provides students with practical training in public advocacy and writing for a legal policy audience, opportunities for independent research with support from faculty, and externships at organizations around the country and the world.

JD/LLM in Energy Law

The JD/LLM in Energy Law joint degree is designed for students who seek to pursue a career in energy law and policy, take advantage of the large and diverse Vermont Law School energy and environmental law curriculum, and develop deep knowledge and expertise in the law and policy governing energy use, production, and transmission.

JD/LLM in Environmental Law

The JD/LLM in Environmental Law joint degree is designed for students who seek to pursue a career in environmental law, take advantage of the large and diverse Vermont Law School environmental law curriculum, and develop deep knowledge and expertise in environmental law and policy.

​The opportunity to get a master's in environmental law and policy sets VLS students apart. My JD/MELP joint degree will be a powerful combination, but I owe my first experience at the EPA to the knowledge, perspective-and reputation-of the MELP itself.

Janice Chan,MELP'08, JD'11