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Degree Concentrations

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Vermont Law School students may pursue specialized concentrations in Business Law, Climate Law, Criminal Law, Energy Law, Food and Agriculture Law, General Practice, Land Use Law, and Water Resources Law. Concentrations are a tangible indication that students have mastered a specific subject matter area. VLS also offers a concentration in International and Comparative Law. Concentration declaration forms are available here.

Vermont Law School offers JD students the option to add a concentration to their degree. For more information on courses required to complete a concentration, please visit one of the concentration pages listed below.

Concentration in Animal Law

The Concentration in Animal Law focuses on animal welfare and protection in the context of food and agricultural systems, climate change, and other environmental challenges.

Concentration in Business Law

The Concentration in Business Law addresses the legal issues faced by start-up and well-established businesses. A combination of required and elective courses allows students to focus in on business concerns that align with their broader interests.

Concentration in Climate Law

The Concentration in Climate Law addresses emerging U.S. and international law governing mitigation of and adaptation to climate change.

Concentration in Criminal Law

The Concentration in Criminal Law provides students with broad-based, comprehensive training in the law and skills needed to become prosecutors, defenders, or to practice criminal law in a private firm setting. It is easily compatible with other requirements.

Concentration in Energy Law

The Concentration in Energy Law involves study of the law and policy relating to renewable energy development and the environmental problems associated with traditional energy production.

Concentration in Food and Agriculture Law

The Concentration in Food and Agriculture Law covers sustainable agriculture and food and the connections these systems have to the environment, energy, human and animal health, labor, and climate change.

Concentration in General Practice

The Concentration in General Practice provides students with simulation-based experiential courses taught by practicing attorneys who are expert in their fields, emphasizing a hands-on, practical skills approach to learning. There are no exams or textbooks.

Concentration in International and Comparative Law

Earning a concentration in International and Comparative Law from Vermont Law School demonstrates a committed focus on international law. Program graduates have the skills and substantive knowledge to play a strong role in international firms, international organizations, NGOs and government agencies.

Concentration in Land Use Law

The Concentration in Land Use Law offers students training in the array of legal doctrines, practical techniques, and policy alternatives for addressing the use of public and private lands.

Concentration in Water Resources Law

The Concentration in Water Resources Law covers the complex set of federal and state laws addressing the use and conservation of water resources.

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