Post-JD students find unparalleled opportunities for intensive study in Vermont Law School’s Masters of Laws (LLM) programs.

Ranked the number one environmental law school in the country, VLS offers more environmental and energy law courses than any other U.S. law school and is nationally renowned in dispute resolution and clinical law, Graduates further define and advance their careers through the practice of law, research, teaching, or public policy

LLM in Energy Law

The LLM in Energy Law prepares you to specialize in law and policy relating to energy use, production, and transmission.

You’ll build an intensive, practical curriculum that matches your objectives. Taught and guided by faculty affiliated with the law school's highly respected Institute for Energy and the Environment, you’ll engage in real energy law and policy work and meet and learn from energy experts who collaborate on institute projects. You’ll also complete independent research, writing, or an externship and participate in a seminar focused on advanced topics.

Full-time LLM students typically complete the program in 12 months but students have up to five years to obtain their degree. The program can be started in either the summer or fall semester.

LLM in Environmental Law

The LLM in Environmental Law is designed for Juris Doctor graduates who want to focus their career on environmental law and issues including climate change, land use, natural resources, water resources, or environmental tax policy.

Students pursue a general education in environmental law or concentrate in a particular area. You’ll design an intensive, practical curriculum that matches your objectives. Degree work includes completion of a thesis, research project, teaching practicum, or externship. And you’ll participate in a graduate seminar which explores advanced research topics through discussions and lectures by environmental law scholars.

Full-time LLM students typically complete the program in 12 months but students have up to five years to obtain their degree. The program can be started in either the summer or fall semester.

An LLM in Environmental Law can also be obtained through the online degree program. 

LLM in American Legal Studies

Designed for students who have earned a law degree outside the United States, the LLM in American Legal Studies prepares students for bar passage and career advancement.

The LLM in American Legal Studies curriculum builds a solid foundation in U.S. law and legal systems and focuses on skills, knowledge, and perspectives essential for success in national and global practice. You’ll receive exceptional support—often one-on-one assistance—in case briefing, legal writing, exam preparation, and resume writing. A Specialist in Legal Writing can help you with English grammar, punctuation, and tone.

Vermont Law School’s renowned faculty—who are experienced in litigating major cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, testifying before Congress, and leading organizations around the world—are part of a friendly and supportive community that is committed to student success.

The LLM in American Legal Studies curriculum meets all requirements to sit for the bar in New York or Washington, D.C. The LLM in American Legal Studies can also  be obtained through the online​ degree program.

​Martin Cosier LLM '13