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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Please contact the Admissions Office if you have questions about admissions or programs.
Toll free: 888-277-5985
Vermont Law School Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 96
South Royalton, VT 05068