​​​​​​​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.

The Institute for Energy and the Environment is a national and world energy policy resource with an advanced energy law and policy curriculum focused on the energy policy of the future. The institute serves as a center for graduate research on energy issues with an environmental awareness and recently established a year-round student-staffed energy clinic, which works on legal and business models for community energy development. Students learn how to work with and improve America’s legal system in order to help humanity meet the challenge of energy issues. The IEE is working on 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 data privacy issues related to customer solar and energy efficiency information.

 

 

Accelerated JDhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/jd/accelerated-jdAccelerated JDVermont 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 Centerhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/ELCEnvironmental Law CenterWith 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 Law Centerhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/centers-and-programs/environmental-law-centerEnvironmental Law CenterWith 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 Clinichttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/clinics-and-externships/ENRLCEnvironmental and Natural Resources Law ClinicWorking directly with leading conservation organizations throughout the country​ and with local community groups and promoting access to justice for those who would not otherwise be able to obtain legal representation.
JD Externshipshttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/clinics-and-externships/jd-externshipsJD ExternshipsVermont Law's extensive externship program provides JD students a range of opportunities to obtain practical experience in a wide variety of legal and judicial settings part time or full time.
Juris Doctor | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/jdJuris Doctor | Vermont Law​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 ExternshipsThe master's externship program helps students gain real world experience in environmental law, science, and policy in a wide variety of settings both locally and worldwide.

"The energy curriculum at VLS was invaluable in providing me with an understanding of legal principals of energy and telecommunications regulation.  As a result of this knowledge, I was able to contribute immediately upon my arrival and have had a chance to take a lead in brief writing, cross examining witnesses during hearings and policy development. Where the energy curriculum provided me with the concrete skills I needed, my time at the ​IEE taught me how to work in a collaborative legal/regulatory environment."​​​


Graham Jesmer

Assistant Counsel, 

New York Public Service Commission