Since 1978, Vermont Law School has offered the largest and top-ranked 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 throughout the world.

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: Professors Pat Parenteau and John Echeverria, experts who routinely testify before the U.S. Congress and submit amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court. Led by Environmental Law Center Director Melissa Scanlan, who successfully took on Nestle-Perrier over bottled water when she was just a newly-minted lawyer, 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.

We have planted a flag here for a simple reason: because you can't solve the world's problems without educating the world's best problem-solvers.​​

 

 

Agriculture & Food Systemshttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/agriculture-food-systemsAgriculture & Food SystemsFood 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 Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/business-lawBusiness LawA targeted suite of classes for students who want to specialize in business. Courses include corporations, bankruptcy, nonprofit management, white collar crime and more.
China & Southeast Asiahttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/china-and-southeast-asiaChina & Southeast AsiaAs 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.
Climate Change Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/climate-change-lawClimate Change LawIn a time of broken global temperature records, increasing natural disasters, emerging U.S. and international law and policy will be key to governing mitigation of and adaptation to climate change.
Criminal Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/criminal-lawCriminal 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 Resolutionhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/dispute-resolutionDispute ResolutionIn an increasingly complex world, dispute resolution offers a way to find solutions that allow all parties to move forward without entering a courtroom.
Energy Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/energy-lawEnergy LawVermont 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 Justicehttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/environmental-justiceEnvironmental JusticeStudents who specialize in Environmental Justice will develop their personal and professional environmental ethics.
Environmental Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/environmental-lawEnvironmental 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.
International Environmental Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/international-environmental-lawInternational Environmental LawEnvironmental issues are global issues. The unique opportunities at Vermont Law School prepare our graduates to be leaders in international environmental law and policy.
International & Comparative Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/international-comparative-lawInternational & Comparative 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 Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/land-use-lawLand Use 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 Writinghttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/legal-writingLegal Writing
Sports Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/sports-lawSports Law
Tax Law and Policyhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/tax-law-and-policyTax Law and PolicyWe 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 Innovationhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/technology-legal-innovationTechnology & Legal InnovationDigital 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.

​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