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Undergraduate students: Become agents of change at the nation's premier environmental law school.

  • Learn from expert faculty in our top-rated Environmental Law Center, which has a rich history of working to influence environmental policy on the local, national and international level.
  • Establish a legal framework that will set you on a path to becoming a leader who uses the power of the law to make a difference.
  • Take additional courses in environmental law, energy law, water law, land use law, or food and agriculture law offered as part of the VLS Summer Session program.
  • Attend "Hot Topics" lectures by leading environmental scholars and activists.
  • Have fun and explore Vermont. VLS is nestled on the banks of the White River in the village of South Royalton, We are a short hike, bike ride, or drive to scenic and recreational destinations.

Virtual Course and Dates

June 1 - June 17, 2021

Ocean and Coastal LAW (3 credits)

Long neglected by lawmakers despite its essential ecological functions, the marine environment has increasingly been the focal point of conservation and natural resource management efforts. As a foundation for studying the laws that govern the marine environment, the course considers the natural components of estuarine, coastal, and marine ecosystems and the current conservation issues confronting them. We will review domestic and international laws and treaties relating to coastal management, pollution, protected areas, endangered species, fisheries, marine mammals, wetlands, marine spatial planning, and offshore energy resources, and examine alternative approaches to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources. The course considers the effectiveness of these legal regimes in providing rational and comprehensive management and protection of marine resources in the face of emerging threats from climate change, crashing fish stocks, and energy shortages, focusing on current events such as the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the International Whaling Commission debate over commercial whaling, and climate change threats to the Arctic.


  • Ocean and Coastal Law (3 credits)
  • Total program cost = $3,000

Total program cost includes tuition.  Limited scholarships are available.


Priority Deadline: March 31, 2021
Final Deadline: May 1, 2021


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