Vermont Law School has the largest and deepest environmental program of any law school, and the Environmental Law Center (ELC) is where faculty, students, and advocates gather to work.
Founded in 1978, the ELC serves as the hub for a wide-range of activities, including classes, faculty, research centers and institutes, conferences, lectures, and other special programs. All of these activities contribute significantly to consistently high ranking which Vermont Law receives from U.S. News & World Report for environmental law. Over the past 24 years, Vermont Law has earned 17 top rankings and never ranked lower than No. 2. Vermont Law has been the top-ranked law school for environmental law for an unprecedented six consecutive years, including 2014-2015.
At the ELC, students and faculty work together to address crucial issues such as climate change, energy, water,
sustainable agriculture, environmental taxation, and land use.
In addition to our robust regular academic year curriculum, the ELC also organizes and hosts the
Summer Session, where degree and non-degree students from around the world immerse themselves in environmental law and policy.
Now accepting applications:
The Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law School (VLS) invites applications for a Visiting Professor to spend one or two semesters in residence at the law school. The Douglas Costle Chair in Environmental Law is named in honor of Douglas Costle, former Administrator of U.S. EPA and former Dean of Vermont Law School from 1987?91. Donors established this Chair in 2005 to provide funds for a scholar, attorney, journalist, or environmentalist to join the VLS faculty as a temporary visiting faculty member. The Visiting Professor will do a combination of teaching, working in one of our renowned environmental clinics or research centers, and delivering the Douglas Costle Lecture.