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Vermont Law School equips students with the tools to make a difference in the real world. And there's no better way to build those skills than through hands-on learning beyond the classroom. With years of experience teaching students in unusual locations—from deep in the wilderness to the negotiating rooms of international climate conferences—VLS's Environmental Law Center established the Tuholske Institute of Environmental Field Studies in 2021 to strengthen and expand our offerings.

The institute oversees courses in several different formats, including weekend intensives, Thanksgiving and Spring Break trips, and summer field courses lasting several weeks. Learn more about our current field study courses below. If you are interested in taking one of these courses or have questions, please reach out to Anne Linehan at


Students outside in a green field in Vermont
Study forestry, ecology, and more in the rural landscapes surrounding Vermont Law School.
Students pose for a group shot in the red desert at Canyonlands park
Travel through Arches, Canyonlands, and Bears Ears to learn about the federal laws governing public lands. 
Students in the back of a truck in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia
Tour Cambodia, Vietnam, and/or Myanmar to learn about environmental governance in the developing world.
Students pose next to a sign for the 25th UN Climate Change Conference
UN Climate Change Conference
Attend the world's most important climate conference—held in a different country each year—to serve as a delegate.
A group of VLS students poses for a group shot on the steps of the University of Havana, Cuba
Visit urban and rural areas of Cuba to learn about sustainable energy and agriculture. 
Students sitting in a circle at a campsite next to an alpine lake
Learn about public lands management while backpacking through the Montana wilderness.