Thunderbird School of Global Management

Vermont Law School has joined with Thunderbird School of Global Management to offer dual degrees in law and global management—a partnership that grew out of both schools' commitment to educating for a better world. Students can now choose among several degree options that will earn them a JD or MELP from Vermont Law School and a master's degree from Thunderbird.

JD/MA in Global Affairs and Management

This option appeals to Vermont Law School JD students who want some exposure to business, but less than the MBA degree. As indicated above, the Vermont Law School three-year JD program requires 87 credits. Thunderbird’s masters programs are each 45 credits, normally taken in three trimesters. In this combination, Thunderbird students receive 14 units of JD credit for their Thunderbird master’s work. Thunderbird will not accept any Vermont Law School credits towards the MA or MS degrees.

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JD/MBA

The Vermont Law School JD program currently requires 87 credits and three years (six semesters). The Thunderbird MBA traditional program currently requires 60 credits in four trimesters. The MBA accelerated program requires three trimesters. Vermont Law School will accept 15 credits of coursework in the MBA program and Thunderbird will accept a similar number of credits from the JD program. Students need to apply, be accepted at, and fulfill the requirements of each institution. Because both Vermont Law School and Thunderbird offer courses in summer sessions, several sequencing options are available.

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JD/MS in Global Management

This option appeals to Vermont Law School JD students who want some exposure to business, but less than the MBA degree. As indicated above, the Vermont Law School three-year JD program requires 87 credits. Thunderbird’s masters programs are each 45 credits, normally taken in three trimesters. In this combination, Thunderbird students receive 14 units of JD credit for their Thunderbird master’s work. Thunderbird will not accept any Vermont Law School credits towards the MA or MS degrees.

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MELP/MA in Global Affairs and Management

This option is appropriate for master’s students at either school who want a similar master’s degree from the other institution. The MELP requires 30 credits, taken over the fall and spring semesters and the summer session. The MA-GAM and the MS-GM programs are each 45 credits, taken in three trimesters. Vermont Law School could confer MELP eligibility on any of the MA-GAM and MS-GM courses. The internal structure of the Thunderbird MA-GAM or MS-GM degree, however, requires that Vermont Law School students take the required 45 credits from the Thunderbird curriculum, borrowing none from Vermont Law School. For this dual degree, Vermont Law School would accept 9 credits from Thunderbird, allowing students to earn both degrees in five semesters.

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MELP/MBA

This option appeals to Vermont Law School MELP students who also want an MBA, or Thunderbird MBA students who want exposure to environmental law, but less than they would experience with the JD/MBA degree program. The Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) requires 30 credits, taken over the fall and spring semesters and the summer session. Thunderbird will accept 14 to 15 credits from Vermont Law School. Vermont Law School will accept 9 credits of work from Thunderbird. The MBA traditional program requires 60 credits.

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MELP/MS in Global Management

This option is appropriate for master’s students at either school who want a similar master’s degree from the other institution. The MELP requires 30 credits, taken over the fall and spring semesters and the summer session. The MA-GAM and the MS-GM programs are each 45 credits, taken in three trimesters. Vermont Law School could confer MELP eligibility on any of the MA-GAM and MS-GM courses. The internal structure of the Thunderbird MA-GAM or MS-GM degree, however, requires that Vermont Law School students take the required 45 credits from the Thunderbird curriculum, borrowing none from Vermont Law School. For this dual degree, Vermont Law School would accept 9 credits from Thunderbird, allowing students to earn both degrees in five semesters.

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