Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL)

The Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL) degree program focuses on law and policy governing energy use, production, and transmission. VLS master’s degrees are one-year programs designed for those who do not seek a professional law degree. Students can complete the 30-credit program in as little as 12 months but can take up to five years to obtain their degree. Our focus is on the energy policy of the future.

Program Description

Taught by faculty associated with Vermont Law School’s highly respected Institute for Energy and the Environment, the MERL program is focused on law and policy governing energy use, production, and transmission. You will develop a broad-based understanding of the intersection of energy and law, regulation, policy, and economic analysis. You will also receive practical training in public advocacy and writing for a legal and policy audience, opportunities for independent research with support from faculty, and can participate in externships at organizations that will prepare you to address the immediate challenges and opportunities facing energy regulation nationally and across the globe. The MERL can be completed fully online. Learn more about online learning opportunities.

At A Glance

Program Center: Institute for Energy and the Environment
Location: Online, on-campus or a hybrid of both
Credit Requirements: 30 credits

Careers and Alumni

Vermont Law School master's graduates are the leaders, policymakers, and professionals our communities and our world most desperately need. Master’s alumni careers include:

  • Manager, Policy Research, North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center
  • Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs, Mass Municipal Wholesale Electric Co.
  • Policy and Technology Specialist for Distributed Energy Resources, Center for Sustainable Energy
  • Associate Project Manager, Solar Development, NextEra Energy Resources
  • Legal and Regulatory Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Energy and Climate Specialist, Dane County Wisconsin
  • Researcher/Utility Analyst, Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
  • Energy Analyst, Vermont Department of Public Service
  • Manager of Regulatory Compliance, Stowe Electric Department
  • Energy Consultant and Environmental Advocate, Vermont Energy Investment Corp.
  • Senior Policy Analyst, North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center
  • Regulatory Project Manager, Vermont Energy Investment Corp.
  • And more

Alumni

Autumn Proudlove MERL'13

Policy Analyst, North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center
Autumn Proudlove, is a Policy Analyst at the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, working on two U.S. Department of Energy projects- the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) and the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership.

 

Heather Calderwood MERL'14

Paralegal, Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC
Heather Calderwood, a paralegal for Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC, supports attorneys who are stimulating renewable energy growth in Vermont. From private development to regulatory agencies, Calderwood has seen how dynamic the water energy and net metering markets can be.