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Summer at the Environmental Law Center

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The Environmental Law Center assembles an exciting group of scholars, students, and distinguished visitors to study environmental law and policy during the most glorious time of year in northern New England.

In addition to Vermont Law School students, our Summer Session is open to students and lifelong learners. We welcome students enrolled at other law schools and graduate institutions nationally and internationally, practicing attorneys, planners, state and federal agency personnel, upper level undergraduate students (with the director's permission), teachers, citizen advocates, and more.

Courses are taught by faculty from VLS and other schools, international law scholars, leaders of non-profit advocacy groups, and private practitioners. Whether a student is interested in a specific area of study—such as energy law, international environmental law, water law, land use law, or agricultural law—or wishes to pursue a multidisciplinary approach, the summer program offers a wide array of options. 

VLS campus is located on the banks of the scenic White River in South Royalton, Vermont. Students enjoy world-class hiking, biking, swimming, tubing, fishing, and other outdoor activities in the surrounding hills and mountains, while nearby towns like Montpelier, Burlington, and Woodstock feature fine dining, arts, and entertainment. 

Students in a field ecology course pose for a photo under a tree in a field.
Summer Degrees
Join our Summer Session to combine a Master's degree from VLS with a JD from your home institution. 
Green campus in summertime.
Summer Schedule
Immerse yourself in environmental law topics during two-week course terms and weekend intensives between June 1 and August 5.
Faculty outside on campus in summer
Summer Faculty
Meet the resident and visiting faculty members who will be teaching this summer's courses.

Hot Topics →

Throughout summer, faculty and invited experts host lunchtime lectures on pressing issues in environmental law and policy.

Summer Scholars →

Leaders in environmental, energy, agricultural, and international law serve as Distinguished Summer Scholars in residency during Summer Session.

Media Fellowships →

A competitive program in which journalists are invited to take VLS courses and delve into topics of interest in environmental law.