JD/Master of Animal Protection Policy (MAPP)
Vermont Law and Graduate School offers students the opportunity to earn both a Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Animal Protection Policy (MAPP) degree in three years, the period of time ordinarily required to earn the JD degree alone. To earn both degrees on this accelerated schedule, JD/MAPPP students are permitted to count up to twelve credits of environmental and animal course work toward both degrees. In addition, MAPP students take classes in the VLGS Summer Session and pursue an externship during the summers after their first and second years.
JD/MAPP students are training to be animal law and policy leaders. Through specialized courses and practical training, students gain skills to navigate law and policy landscapes and effectuate change for animals in a wide range of arenas and growing career paths. Our innovative and specialized residential and online courses focus on training students on the political, scientific, and ethical aspects of effective strategic animal advocacy.
Graduating with two degrees from Vermont Law and Graduate School is an attractive path for students who are passionate about animal protection. The joint degree program offers a deeper and richer educational experience, and opens up additional employment options by equipping students with policy and advocacy skills.
View the 2023 JD/MAPP advisory slides to learn more!