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Maverick Lloyd School for the Environment

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Training leaders in environmental protection is critical to the future of our planet and communities

Maverick Lloyd School for the Environment at Vermont Law and Graduate School trains students to create cutting-edge solutions to the complex environmental challenges facing communities today.

This school builds on Vermont Law and Graduate School’s depth of expertise in domestic and international law and policy focused on the environment, clean energy, sustainable food and agriculture, and animal protection. The interdisciplinary graduate curriculum brings climate change and racial and economic justice to the forefront.

The schools courses build practical skills and provide the rigorous training students need to succeed in the job market — whether in the public, private, or non-profit sectors, students graduate from the Maverick Lloyd School for the Environment equipped to have impactful careers in this growing field.

Environmental Graduate Degrees


Executive Master of Environmental Policy »

The Executive Master of Environmental Policy (EMEP) degree is for mid-career professionals who want to capitalize on their working knowledge and experience and gain the core skills needed to shape environmental policy and integrate issues of racial and economic justice into policymaking.
(Starting online in Summer 2023)

Master of Animal Protection Policy »

The Master of Animal Protection Policy (MAPP) trains students in the policy advocacy skills needed to effectively advocate for animals.
(Starting residentially and online in Fall 2023)

Master of Climate and Environmental Policy »

The Master of Climate and Environmental Policy (MCEP) provides training in applied public policy, with a deep grounding in areas of climate change and environmental justice.
(Starting residentially and online in Fall 2023)

Master of Energy Regulation and Law »

The Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL) program responds to opportunities presented by the rapid growth of the clean energy sector.
(Offered residentially and online)

Master of Food and Agricultural Law and Policy »

The Master of Food and Agriculture Law and Policy (MFALP) is designed for students who want to develop the infrastructure needed to support sustainable food and agriculture systems.
(Offered residentially and online)

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Our Programs

Animal Law Books
Animal Law and Policy Institute
Trains future leaders in animal advocacy while centering animals in the fight for environmental protection.
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Center for Agriculture and Food Systems
Home to the Food and Agriculture Clinic, CAFS uses law and policy to build a more sustainable and just food system.
Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School
Institute for Energy and the Environment
Students work on energy projects that resolve energy policy challenges in a sustainable and fair way for the Vermont community and the world. 
A group of U.S.-Asia Partnership fellows sitting outside on a sunny day on the grass at VLS campus.
U.S.-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law
Works collaboratively with a range of stakeholders to promote good environmental governance in Asia.
Environmental Tax Policy at Vermont Law School
Environmental Tax Policy Institute
Analyzes the ways in which taxation can be used to address environmental problems. 
Jack Tuholske and students in an outdoor classroom backpacking in Montana
Tuholske Institute for Environmental Field Studies
Promotes place-based learning where law, nature, and people meet.  

Our Clinics

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Farmed Animal Advocacy Clinic
Students gain real-world skills while working with lawyers and advocacy organizations to advance protections for animals.  
Food and Agriculture Clinic at Vermont Law School
Food and Agriculture Clinic
Equips students with practical skills to be sustainable food and agriculture advocates and entrepreneurs.
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Energy Clinic
Working to advance climate justice has been a focus of our Energy Clinic's work.
Environmental Justice Clinic students.
Environmental Justice Clinic
Works with disenfranchised communities to help enforce civil rights in the environmental context.