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Vermont Law School will continue with mostly virtual classes during the spring semester, however limited on-campus classes and access to campus services will be offered. For information on campus access, health and safety protocols, and testing requirements please visit
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Located on the banks of the scenic White River in South Royalton, VLS is an ideal location for students to both study and play in summertime.

Hiking, swimming, tubing, biking, and cookouts are just some of the many outdoor activities students enjoy while not in class. Students also take time to sample fine dining, arts, entertainment, and other cultural attractions available near the campus and in nearby cities and towns such as Montpelier, Burlington, Woodstock, and Hanover, NH. Students not only have an opportunity to relax and form lasting connections with one another, but also mingle with the expert lecturers who come to campus each summer. Local summer housing is available on campus and in the surrounding towns.

If you have questions about the VLS Summer Session, please contact Courtney Collins, Assistant Director of the Environmental Law Center, at



Vermont Law School students (including Masters, summer-only Masters, JD/Masters, and LLM degree students) need not apply to enroll in the summer session, but instead will register for courses starting in early April by following instructions distributed by the Registrar's Office. Non-VLS students, including auditors, should apply to the summer session using our online form.

Who is eligible?

These are graduate level courses; normally, only those with undergraduate degrees will be considered for registration. However, undergraduate students may enroll with the director's permission. Law and graduate students currently enrolled at other institutions are eligible. Credits transfer at the discretion of the receiving school. Check with your institution if they will accept transfer credits from VLS. Class registration is subject to approval and capacity limits.

Non-Degree Students or Transfer Credit

APPLICATION: If you are interested in taking classes as a non-degree student or to transfer credits to your home institution, apply here.
REGISTRATION: Once your application has been submitted and approved, you will receive an email confirming setup of a personal VLS account and providing instructions on how to access this account. You may then register for classes starting in mid-April.

Degree-Seeking Students

APPLICATION: VLS students (including Masters, summer-only Masters, JD/Masters, and LLM degree students) need not apply to enroll in the summer session, but instead can register for courses starting in early April, following instructions distributed by the Registrar's Office. If you are interested in a Master's or LLM degree program or if you wish to combine one with your JD degree, please apply here.
REGISTRATION: Once your application is reviewed, you will receive more information on the steps to enroll.

For more information about registration, tuition, refunds, and financial aid, refer to page 25 of the summer course catalog.



Please note that Summer Session registration is not an application to the MELP or LLM degree programs. The links below provide information for those seeking admittance to the degree programs, including the summers-only master's degree option.

Summers-only Masters
Degree Programs
Online Degrees



Looking for a place to stay? Recreational Activities? Transportation? Check out the following helpful links.

Hotels, Inns, and B&Bs
Map of Area Attractions
Transportation Options
Campus Map and Directions



Throughout the summer, the summer faculty, distinguished scholars, media fellows, and others offer noon-time lectures on a wide range of current issues in environmental law. Vermont Bar Association Continuing Legal Education credit is available to members of the Vermont bar who attend the Hot Topics lectures. The 2021 Hot Topics will be presented in-person and virtually at

The 2021 Hot Topics series will be announced in May 2021. You can look over information from last summer here:
2020 Hot Topics in Environmental Law
View select Hot Topic Lectures on the VLS YouTube channel
Archived Recordings of 2015 - 2018 Hot Topic Lectures