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