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Environmental challenges have never been more pressing or more complex. But in Vermont Law and Graduate 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 five legal clinics, six centers and institutes, 67 environmental law courses, and 76 environmental faculty. We prepare students to work on the frontlines of environmental advocacy, energy and climate justice, animal law and protection, 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 & Clinics

Animal Law Books
Animal Law and Policy Institute
Trains future leaders in animal advocacy while centering animals in the fight for environmental protection.
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.
A grey wolf howling.
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. 
Cow with ball
Farmed Animal Advocacy Clinic
Students gain real-world skills while working with lawyers and advocacy organizations to advance protections for animals.  
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. 
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.
Jack Tuholske and students in an outdoor classroom backpacking in Montana
Tuholske Institute for Environmental Field Studies
Promotes place-based learning where law, nature, and people meet.  


Environmental Law Viewbook »

Explore the various environmental law offerings at Vermont Law and Graduate School.

Environmental Law Brochure »

Find a comprehensive overview of Vermont Law and Graduate School environmental courses, faculty, and programs.

Events »

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