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Vermont Law School Seeks Journalists for 2018 Summer Media Fellowships in Environmental Law

Friday, January 19, 2018


––Vermont Law School, home to the nation’s top-ranked environmental law program, seeks applications from qualified environmental journalists for its 2018 Summer Media Fellowships. As fellows, selected journalists will participate in Summer Session at VLS, taught by internationally recognized scholars and leaders in environmental law and policy.

Former VLS Media Fellows include Renee Schoof of Bloomberg BNA; Peter Schwartzstein, a freelance journalist who regularly contributes to National Geographic, Foreign Affairs, The Guardian, and Newsweek; and Lisa Hymas of Media Matters for America.

“This summer Vermont Law School will again welcome three journalists to participate in our competitive Summer Media Fellowships program, during which we encourage them to ‘think like a lawyer and report like a journalist,’” said Associate Dean David Mears, director of the Environmental Law Center. “VLS Media Fellows have a unique opportunity to gather invaluable insights from law and policy experts on critical environmental issues affecting people around the world, from climate change to access to clean water. The program also provides a unique opportunity for members of the VLS community to interact with respected journalists reporting on the front lines of environmental issues, here in the United States and abroad.”

Fellowships are open to full-time journalists who cover issues related to the environment. Fellows audit one two-week Summer Session course and have access to Vermont Law School’s distinguished faculty and visiting policy leaders. Fellows receive a stipend, free housing and books, and a tuition waiver.

The 2018 Summer Session features courses in a variety of categories, including ethics and environmental justice, food and agriculture, energy, and environment and business. For a full schedule of 2018 Summer Session courses, visit In addition to attending class, fellows present on a topic of their choice as part of Summer Session’s “Hot Topics” series, covering a wide range of current environmental issues.

The Vermont Law School Summer Media Fellowships program has been made possible since 2002 by a generous grant from the Johnson Family Foundation and major donors. Fellows are selected based on work history and samples, commitment to covering environmental law, and their potential for increasing understanding of environmental law and policy issues nationwide. The 2018 application deadline is Monday, March 5. For more information and to apply, visit, call 802-831-1228, or email


Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, is home to the nation’s largest and deepest environmental law program. VLS offers a juris doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service; four master’s degrees—Master of Environmental Law and Policy, Master of Energy Regulation and Law, Master of Food and Agriculture Law and Policy, and Master of Arts in Restorative Justice; and four post-JD degrees —LLM in American Legal Studies (for foreign-trained lawyers), LLM in Energy Law, LLM in Environmental Law, and LLM in Food and Agriculture Law. The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center, South Royalton Legal Clinic, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, Energy Clinic, Food and Agriculture Clinic, Center for Applied Human Rights, and Center for Justice Reform. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.