​​​The LLM in Energy Law degree program is designed for students who have already earned a law degree and wish to pursue intensive study and training in the field of energy law. The program is open to students who have graduated with a JD degree from a U.S. law school as well as students who have received a law degree from another country.

Vermont Law School offers over 50 courses in energy and environmental law and policy—the widest range of courses offered by any law school in the world—giving students the freedom to design a curriculum that matches their personal objectives. The VLS faculty who specialize in energy law are affiliated with the law school's highly respected Institute for Energy and the Environment, which offers students opportunities to do practical work in the energy field and to meet and learn from energy experts who collaborate on institute projects with VLS faculty. Students in the LLM in Energy Law program participate in a special LLM seminar focusing on advanced research topics in environmental and energy law.

Full-time LLM students ordinarily complete the degree program in twelve months. Students may begin their studies in either the summer or fall semester. Students have the option of taking up to five years from date of matriculation to complete the degree.

Christopher Supino

LLM in Environmental Law 2013

Certificate in Energy Law​​​

Attorney, The Holsclaw Group​


 “I wanted to work with utilities and RTOs and build from my experience in land use and litigation practice.  But energy law is highly specialized and can be difficult to break into if you are not already familiar with the maze of federal and state regulation that governs the energy industry.”  On choosing VLS, Chris said “I spent months researching the best programs to help me build a solid education in the field of energy law. I realized early on in the process that I would need a strong background in environmental law to be an effective energy lawyer because the fields are so heavily intertwined. No environmental law school even came close to the depth of curriculum that Vermont Law offered.  There was a course for pretty much any topic I could think of, usually taught by a leader in the field.  On the rare occasions when I could not find a course that matched one of my interests, VLS’ accessible faculty worked with me to set up an independent study."​​

Following graduation, Chris was offered a position with the Holsclaw Group, a boutique energy law firm representing the interests of utilities and RTOs before state commission and FERC.  Among its clients is the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, which operates one of the world’s largest real-time energy market and oversees the electricity transmission system for much of the U.S. Midwest and parts of Canada.  Chris has made an immediate impact in the industry serving as part of a team of attorneys at the Holsclaw Group and MISO that was successful in completing one of the largest utility - RTO integrations in history.​

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