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Orientation for all JD and residential master's students is August 21-25, 2023.

We are excited to welcome you to campus for Fall Orientation starting on Monday, August 21, 2023. During this mandatory Orientation you will receive key information needed for law school success. A final version of the Orientation schedule will be provided to you at check-in.

Prior to Orientation:

  • Pre-Orientation Assignments: Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lisa Ryan and Professor Lauren Johnson will facilitate a session during Orientation, “Understanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” for all incoming J.D., Master’s, and LLM students.  Before Orientation, you will be asked to read a few sections of Beyond Diversity by Rohit Bhargava and Jennifer Brown and respond to prompts in Canvas.  A pdf version of the book along with instructions for accessing Canvas will be sent to your VLGS email address in the coming weeks.  Please note that for students in the MCEP, MERL, MFALP, and MAPP degree programs, successful completion of “Understanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” is a graduation requirement.
  • Class Registration: You will be registered for courses later this summer. There is no action you need to take to be registered. You will also receive your VLGS email and credentials in a few weeks.
  • Academic and accessibility accommodations: Please review this policy in the 2022-2023 Student Handbook online.  Accommodation requests for Orientation must be made at least 7 days prior to the start of Orientation. The 2023-2024 Student Handbook will be available in August and will contain any updates to these policies.
  • Financial Aid:  If you have any questions regarding your financial aid award or scholarship, please call our Financial Aid Office at 802-831-1235 or email  If you are utilizing federal student aid (loans) and will be receiving a refund, the quickest way to receive your refund is through direct deposit. Students can sign up for direct deposit on the Financial Aid site when accepting financial aid packages.
  • Textbooks:  You will receive the textbook list in a few weeks. Barrister’s Book Shop, located on campus and online, will make getting your books, supplies, and study aids easy and economical. Barrister’s has the best selection of new and used books, and as a student run non-profit, gives their proceeds back as fellowships for VLGS students. *Please note: If you are receiving federal student aid (loans) you may be eligible for a textbook voucher.  More information regarding this program will be sent directly from the Business Office.
  • ChilCarInformation. Magic Mountain Child Care Center is thdaycare center locatenear campus. For information abouhours and rates, call 802-763-7908. For a lisof other daycare options, call the Vermont Child Care ServiceOffice at 802-241-3110 ovisit If you are in NeHampshire, call the Child Care Project oNeHampshire, a referral agency thadeals solely with state-approved daycare providers at 603-646-3233.
  • Health Insurance:  Vermont Law and Graduate School does not require proof of insurance. Students living in Vermont and interested in insurance can visit Vermont’s health insurance marketplace for information and health insurance resources. There, you’ll find:   

You can also visit Vermont’s Medicaid website. However, please be advised that Medicaid plans are state funded and services outside of the state of enrollment are generally not covered. For example, if you currently have NY Medicaid- services in VT will not be covered and vice a versa.  

Students who receive federal loans may qualify for a budget increase to cover all or part of your insurance premium. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at

If we can answer any questions obe of assistance as yomake your transitioto Vermont, please don’t hesitate to call Admissions at 802-831-1239.