​​​​​​​Food is a basic necessity of human life. But at Vermont Law School, we also believe that food is a unique vehicle for change, as it is intimately tied to human health, the environment, poverty, immigration, animal welfare, law, politics, and culture, on every step of its journey from farm to plate.

Growing and distributing food that is good for the people and for the planet will require new markets, innovative business models, and new federal and state rules governing land use and water rights, food labeling and school food standards. Based out of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems​ (CAFS), Vermont Law offers a dynamic curriculum to law and policy students who want to specialize in the business of feeding a growing population sustainably in a world impacted by climate change. 

Students specializing in Agriculture and Food Systems will have access to a robust and growing list of food and agriculture classes. But lawyers and advocates-in-training can also take courses in environmental law and sustainable business; develop farmer toolkits in VLS's Food and Agriculture Clinic; and explore opportunities created by our position in the Vermont Higher Education Food Systems Consortium.

And, of course, students will want to spend some time visiting the many sustainable farmers and food entrepreneurs in Vermont. There are 22 small farms and orchards dotting the landscape within just a 10-mile radius of campus--the exact type of small producers that CAFS aims to support. Even Vermont Law School's cafe is doing its part: 85 percent of the food served on campus is local and organic. Come take your seat at the table.​



Agriculture & Food Systems | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/agriculture-food-systemsAgriculture & Food Systems | Vermont LawFood is a basic necessity of human life and a unique vehicle for change, as it is intimately tied to human health, the environment, poverty, immigration, animal welfare, law, politics, and culture, on every step of its journey from farm to plate.
Business Law | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/business-lawBusiness Law | Vermont LawA targeted suite of classes for students who want to specialize in business. Courses in corporations, securities, bankruptcy, nonprofit management, and even white collar crime are all available, as well as dispute resolution courses and clinic.
China & Southeast Asia | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/china-and-southeast-asiaChina & Southeast Asia | Vermont LawAs the challenges posed by climate change grow in urgency, the power that massive developing countries like China, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar can leverage to effect change cannot be overstated.
Criminal Law | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/criminal-lawCriminal Law | Vermont LawThe certificate in criminal law provides broad-based, comprehensive training and skills needed by students to become prosecutors, defenders, or to practice criminal law in a private firm setting.
Dispute Resolution | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/dispute-resolutionDispute Resolution | Vermont LawIn an increasingly complex world, dispute resolution offers a way to find solutions that allow all parties to move forward without entering a courtroom.
Energy Law Specializationhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/energy-lawEnergy Law SpecializationVermont Law School courses and clinics consider the relationship between energy and the environment in the context of its legal, scientific, commercial and human implications.
Environmental Law | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/environmental-lawEnvironmental Law | Vermont LawVermont Law School offers a multidisciplinary array of environmental courses in law, policy, science, economics, and ethics to students studying for any one of our degrees or certificates.
General Practice | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/general-practiceGeneral Practice | Vermont Law
International & Comparative Law | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/international-comparative-lawInternational & Comparative Law | Vermont LawPrepares students for careers with international organizations, NGOs, law firms, multinational enterprises, and government agencies. We offer study experiences that broaden knowledge and skills, add new perspective, and open opportunities.
Land Use Law | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/land-use-lawLand Use Law | Vermont LawIncluding smart growth principles, ecological planning, affordable housing, flood hazard mitigation, energy and land use regulatory decision-making, permitting processes, and land conservation strategies.
Legal Writing | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/legal-writingLegal Writing | Vermont Law
Sports Law | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/sports-lawSports Law | Vermont Law
Tax Law and Policy | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/tax-law-and-policyTax Law and Policy | Vermont LawWe know that improving the environment requires changing the way we run our businesses, use our resources, and act as citizens. But how do we actually make that change occur?
Technology & Legal Innovation | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/technology-legal-innovationTechnology & Legal Innovation | Vermont LawDigital technologies create a wealth of new possibilities around how we define, deliver, and teach law. What does government become as legislation and regulation open to digital means of access and participation?
Water Resources Law | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/water-resources-lawWater Resources Law | Vermont LawLearn about local, national, and global efforts to secure water supplies through research, education, and policy development. Focus on water law, environmental justice, and policy initiatives to further wise, judicious use of water as a public resource.

Laurie Ristino, far left, professor of law and director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, speaks with Suzanne Long, far right, of Luna Bleu organic farm in South Royalton, Vt. Joining them are to Vermont Law students, Emma Hempstead JD '14 and Deliah Griswold MELP '13.​