Vermont Law School offers Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) and Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL) degrees.  Admission to Vermont Law School's Master's programs is open to any person who has earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Opportunities and Options

If you have any questions about the following, please contact the Admissions team via the information at the bottom of this page.

Online/Distance Learning Opportunities

Several of our Master's degree programs can be completed in whole or in part online. Application requirements are identical for online applicants. For more information, see Online Degrees.

Duration And Start

Most students pursue these 30-credit programs on a full-time basis over one year (12 months), or online in 18 months. Students can take courses on a part-time basis and have up to five years to obtain their degree.

Financial Aid Opportunities

Vermont Law School offers tuition scholarships to exceptional Master's candidates each year. In addition to possessing strong academic records, scholarship recipients must demonstrate a commitment to environmental law and policy and public service. There is no separate application process for scholarships; all admitted candidates will be given full consideration for scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be notified by April 1.  See Tuition & Financial Aid for more information.

Joint DEGREE OPPORTUNITIES

If you are interested in pursuing a joint degree, see How to Apply to Joint Degree Programs for more information.  Please note that admission to a Master's program does not ensure admission to a joint degree program.

Dual DEGREE OPPORTUNITIES

If you are interested in pursuing a dual degree, see How to Apply to a Dual Degree Program. Please note that admission to a Master's program does not ensure admission to a dual degree program.

Transfer Credits

Credits received at other institutions transfer at the discretion of the VLS Registrar.  See How to Apply for Transfer Students for more information.

Application Evaluation Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated based on their overall ability to do graduate work. Factors that will be considered in the application review include:

  • GPA from undergraduate and any graduate schools
  • Successful work history after completion of the baccalaureate degree
  • Essays as described below
  • Letters of recommendation from professors or professional or volunteer experience supervisors.
  • OPTIONAL: Official GRE Score
    Neither the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) nor the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is required for applicants to the Masters programs. However students who have taken the exam may submit their scores to support their application. Scores should be sent directly to the school (GRE & LSAT School Code: 3946) for consideration.

Application Requirements

Check-list of Materials

  • Completed application form
  • $60.00 (USD) application fee
  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • Essays as described below
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended.
  • All applicants whose native language is not English and have not lived or studied in an English-speaking country for at least two years must submit TOEFL, PTE or IELTS scores.

Application Form

Master's degree applicants can choose between filling out the application form online or by downloading and completing the application as a PDF. Please note, LSAC does not process Master's degree program applications.

Campus Degree ProgramsOnline Degree Programs
Proceed to the VLS Web Application Proceed to the VLS Web Application
Download the Master's Application as a PDF Download the Master's Application as a PDF

Application Fee

Vermont Law School has an application fee of $60.00 (USD).

professional resume or Curriculum vitae

The VLS Web Application allows you to attach your professional resume or curriculum vitae as a file.  If you are submitting a paper-based application, please be sure to include this document as part of your packet.​​

Required Essays

  • Describe the goals that are motivating you to pursue a Law/Master's or LLM degree. How do you think the skills and experience you will gain at Vermont Law School will help you achieve these goals?
  • How have you tried to effect change in relation to an issue of personal, local, or national significance?

Optional Essay

  • Give a realistic appraisal of your academic work since graduation from high school. Please note any inconsistencies in your record and the reasons for them.

​​International Applicants

If you are currently enrolled at an institution which has an established International Dual Degree partnership with VLS, please work through your home-institution's processes in order to apply for an opportunity to learn at VLS.  For individuals outside of the United States who are not currently enrolled at another institution, or who are enrolled at an institution that VLS does not have a formal partnership with, please note the following additional application requirements:

INTERNATIONAL CREDENTIAL EVALUATION REQUIREMENT

  • All international transcripts must be evaluated by an ​official evaluation agency. Recommended evaluation agencies include Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE.org​) and World Education Services (WES.org​).

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

  • TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score is required of all students for whom English is not the primary language spoken. Applicants who have studied in the U.S. or at an English-speaking institution for more than two years may be waived from this requirement.
    • TOEFL minimum score: 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, 100 Internet-based
    • IELTS minimum score: 6.5
    • PTE minimum score: 68

Applicant Notification

Vermont Law School reviews applications on a rolling basis. The Admission Committee reviews all complete applications and applicants are notified promptly of the admission decision. Vermont Law School does not share information or provide any feedback regarding admission decisions.

Acceptance of offer for admissions

An applicant offered admission must make a total non-refundable tuition deposit of $750 by the deposit deadlines indicated in the offer of admission in order to secure a place in the incoming class. The deposit will be applied in full toward the student's tuition upon enrollment.

Contact Us

Please contact the Admissions Office if you have questions about admissions or programs.

Toll free: 888-277-5985
Phone: 802-831-1239
Email: admiss@vermontlaw.edu

Vermont Law School Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 96
South Royalton, VT 05068