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Center for Justice Reform

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The Center for Justice Reform at Vermont Law School is a statewide, regional, national, and international educational and training location for justice reform efforts including restorative justice.

The center trains law and graduate students, community members, criminal justice professionals, educators, social service providers, and policy makers in the value of restorative and innovative criminal justice programs.

The current criminal justice system is financially and ethically untenable. Plagued by the unsustainable cost of incarceration, high recidivism rates, the devastating impact on children of incarcerating parents, the burden and collateral consequences of a criminal conviction, a “school to prison” pipeline borne out of excessively harsh academic disciplinary measures, and racial, economic, and geographic inequalities, our communities need alternatives to the traditional criminal justice model.

The Center for Justice Reform is uniquely positioned to address deficiencies in our justice systems and to train the next generation of justice leaders. With residential and online educational programs including a Master of Arts in Restorative Justice (MARJ), joint JD/Master of Arts in Restorative Justice, Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice, and experiential learning opportunities, students gain the skills to become agents for change within the justice system.

Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice Scholarship

This full-tuition scholarship is awarded to applicants committed to advancing restorative approaches in society’s responses to crime and conflict. The Center for Justice Reform welcomes applications from a variety of professional backgrounds, with priority given to individuals with an interest in transforming justice systems, education, or supporting underserved populations.

The scholarship recipient will have two years to complete the three-course, nine-credit certificate program. Credits earned for the Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice may be transferred to the 30-credit Master of Arts in Restorative Justice. The recipient will be asked to make a presentation upon completion of the Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice and may be featured in publications by Vermont Law School.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice application
  • Short scholarship essay not to exceed 500 words that discusses applicant's interest and commitment to improving the justice system and the experiences that have most significantly influenced those goals

For more information or questions, please contact Veronika Schlerf