Since 1978, Vermont Law School has offered the largest and highest-rated graduate environmental law program in the country. VLS offers more degrees, more certificates, more faculty, and more research centers than any other school focused on environmental law. And our extraordinarily well-connected network of alumni is shaping environmental law and policy at the highest levels—in areas like land use, pollution control, fisheries management, and carbon sequestration—across industries, government, and the nonprofit sector.

Vermont 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. We support such a broad curriculum because we believe the next generation of environmental leaders will need a very large toolbox. An entire generation of law and policy students will go on to face potentially catastrophic environmental challenges like disrupted weather patterns, food and water scarcity, sea-level rise, species migration, and much more that we can't now anticipate. But Vermont Law students are different: They know that right now is a critical time to make a difference in the world, and that Vermont Law School will ensure they're up to the challenge.

Our environmental program is administered and taught by faculty who are national and international leaders in their fields: a co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Counsel, experts who routinely testify in the Vermont State House and before the U.S. Congress, and attorneys who aren't afraid to take a precedent-setting issue before the bench. Led by Environmental Law Center Director Melissa Scanlan, these scholars and practitioners know what it's like to be outgunned and under-resourced with only creativity, intellect, and a nuanced understanding of the law on their side. 

For the past six years, our environmental law program has been ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report, and since 1991 has never ranked lower than No. 2. We have planted a flag here for a simple reason: because you can't solve the world's problems without educating the world's problem-solvers.​​

 

 

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.
Center for Agriculture and Food Systems - Vermont Law Schoolhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/CAFSCenter for Agriculture and Food Systems - Vermont Law SchoolDevelop the next generation of sustainable food and agriculture law and policy leaders while providing legal and policy resources and solutions for citizens to build and support such systems.
Certificate in Food and Agriculture Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/certificates/certificate-in-food-and-agriculture-lawCertificate in Food and Agriculture LawThe Certificate in Food and Agriculture Law covers sustainable agriculture and food and the connections these systems have to the environment, energy, human and animal health, labor, and climate change.​
Certificate in Water Resources Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/certificates/certificate-in-water-resources-lawCertificate in Water Resources Law
Dispute Resolution Clinic - Vermont Law Schoolhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/clinics-and-externships/dispute-resolution-clinicDispute Resolution Clinic - Vermont Law SchoolOffers students the opportunity to practice non-litigation dispute resolution skills and strategies in the real-world setting of the New Hampshire and Vermont courts.
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.
Food and Agriculture Clinichttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/clinics-and-externships/food-and-agriculture-clinicFood and Agriculture ClinicEquips students with practical skills to be sustainable food and agriculture advocates and entrepreneurs.
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.
LLM in Environmental Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/llm/llm-in-environmental-lawLLM in Environmental 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 of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP)http://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/masters/master-of-environmental-law-and-policy-(melp)Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP)Offering interdisciplinary training in environmental law and policy, science, economics, and public advocacy.
Master's Externshipshttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/clinics-and-externships/masters-externshipsMaster's Externships

​Almost every issue bears on ​the environment in some way, and some of the most critical issues are ones we don't even think of as environmental—political reform, social justice, and equity.​​”​

Gus Speth,Professor of Law