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Environmental Law Center

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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.

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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 29 years, VLS has ranked No. 1 in environmental law 20 times and No. 2 eight times, including No. 1 for 2019.

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.


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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.
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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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. 
Food and Agriculture Clinic at Vermont Law School
Food and Agriculture Clinic
Equips students with practical skills to be sustainable food and agriculture advocates and entrepreneurs.
New Economy Law Center, Vermont Law School
New Economy Law Center
The New Economy Law Center at Vermont Law School explores the role of the law and policy change in transitioning to a new economy.​​​​
Summer Session at VLS - summer scene in South Royalton, VT
Summer Session
Spend your summer at Vermont Law School's nationally recognized Summer Session. Learn from VLS professors, environmental law leaders, and agency professionals.
A group of U.S.-Asia Partnership fellows sitting outside on a sunny day on the grass at VLS campus.
U.S.-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law
Works collaboratively with a range of stakeholders to promote good environmental governance in Asia.