Vermont Law School will continue with virtual classes during the fall semester. The physical campus will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. VLS community members should download the Health Screening App and check their email for more information. Please visit vermontlaw.edu/covid19 for general information, resources, and updates.
The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) trains law and policy students to develop real-world solutions for a more sustainable and just food system.
CAFS educates students through a comprehensive array of residential and online courses, as well as through the Food and Agriculture Clinic. Students can choose to specialize in Food and Agriculture Law; pursue a JD Certificate in Food and Agriculture Law; or earn a Master's or LLM degree in Food and Agriculture Law and Policy. With CAFS's diverse course offerings, degree options, and practical experiences in the clinic, students explore food and agriculture law from a variety of perspectives.
CAFS is also a center for research and advocacy. As a clinician in the Food and Agriculture Clinic or through our Research Assistant program, students work with local, regional, national, and international partners, engaging in law and policy work that addresses food systems challenges related to the environment, public health, the economy, food security, and animal welfare. The legal tools and policy recommendations they develop have real-world implications for stakeholders across the food system, including farmers, food producers, entrepreneurs, distributors, consumers, legislators, and administrators.