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Environmental challenges have never been more pressing or more complex. But in Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center, a new generation of leaders is rising to meet them.

The Environmental Law Center (ELC) oversees the most comprehensive graduate environmental law program in the country. Consistently ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report, our environmental law program includes four legal clinics, six centers and institutes, 59 environmental law courses, and 74 environmental faculty. We prepare students to work on the frontlines of environmental advocacy, energy and climate justice, and the sustainable food movement. We develop leaders who can work with environmental and public policy issues within the framework of the legal system and are prepared to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st century.


Curriculum »

View our list of courses and degrees, and learn how to customize them according to your interests.

Faculty »

Meet environmental law scholars who challenge conventional wisdom and push the envelope of knowledge.

Summer Session »

Join faculty and students from institutions throughout the country to take environmental law courses in Vermont.

Our Programs and Clinics

Three farmers plant seedlings in a field.
Center for Agriculture and Food Systems
Home to the Food and Agriculture Clinic, CAFS uses law and policy to build a more sustainable and just food system.
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Environmental Advocacy Clinic
A public-interest law office training the next generation of environmental advocates while protecting people and nature.
Environmental Justice Clinic students.
Environmental Justice Clinic
Works with disenfranchised communities to help enforce civil rights in the environmental context.
Environmental Tax Policy at Vermont Law School
Environmental Tax Policy Institute
Analyzes the ways in which taxation can be used to address environmental problems. 
Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School
Institute for Energy and the Environment
Students work on energy projects that resolve energy policy challenges in a sustainable and fair way for the Vermont community and the world. 
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U.S.-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law
Works collaboratively with a range of stakeholders to promote good environmental governance in Asia.


The New Leaf »

The Environmental Law Center's biannual print publication features our latest projects, student news, and alumni updates.

Environmental Law Brochure »

Find a comprehensive overview of our degrees, programs, clinics, faculty, and more.

Events »

Watch free recordings of lectures, conferences, and webinars from scholars and practitioners in environmental law.