​Consider electrification, and you’ll quickly understand the complexity of energy and the environment.

Access to reliable electricity correlates with good public health and economic success, yet nearly 25 percent of the world’s population lives without electricity. Another third has limited access. The 600 million of us who have abundant electricity keep finding ways to use more. It’s no wonder that demand for electricity is increasing at a staggering rate.

Energy generation and consumption, however, is also the world’s largest source of pollution and cause of environmental degradation. Energy policy has become the single most important influence on environmental protection. Conversely, efforts to protect and manage the environment pose the greatest constraint on energy.

Vermont Law School courses and clinics consider the relationship between energy and the environment in the context of its legal, scientific, commercial and human implications. Further expertise is gained through engagement with the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) on real world energy law and policy issues.

Modeled on a successful public policy consulting firm, and drawing on decades of widely esteemed professional experience, the IEE guides student research associates in client-focused projects exploring energy security and justice, barriers to the integration of renewable energy resources, how smart grid technologies can enhance both efficiency and expand the electrification of transportation, and how resource extraction impacts the Arctic.

 

 

Accelerated Juris Doctor (AJD)http://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/jd/accelerated-jdAccelerated Juris Doctor (AJD)Vermont Law School’s Accelerated Juris Doctor program will save you a year’s tuition and living expenses. And you’ll enter (or re-enter) the workforce sooner.
Energy Clinichttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/clinics-and-externships/energy-clinicEnergy ClinicStudents work on energy projects that resolve energy policy challenges in a sustainable and fair way for the Vermont community and the world.
Environmental Law Center - Vermont Law Schoolhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/ELCEnvironmental Law Center - Vermont Law SchoolWith the largest graduate environmental law program in the country, the ELC has always been ranked within the top two by U.S. News & World Report.
Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic - Vermont Law Schoolhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/ENRLCEnvironmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic - Vermont Law School
JD Externships - Vermont Law Schoolhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/clinics-and-externships/jd-externshipsJD Externships - Vermont Law School
Juris Doctorhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/jdJuris Doctor​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.
LLM in Energy Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/llm/llm-in-energy-lawLLM in Energy LawDesigned for students who have already earned a law degree and wish to pursue intensive study and training in the field of energy law.
Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL)http://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/masters/master-of-energy-regulation-and-law-(merl)Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL)Focuses on law and policy governing energy use, production, and transmission.
Master's Externshipshttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/clinics-and-externships/masters-externshipsMaster's Externships

"Our mission is to have fewer greenhouse gas emissions in 50 years because of the work we do today, and in 100 years because of the work our students do tomorrow."​​​

Michael Dworkin,Director, Institute for Energy and the Environment