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ENVIRONMENTAL JD DEGREE

There's a Vermont Law School JD program that's right for you, regardless of where you are in your career or life. Whether you're looking to attend school full-time on campus or need the convenience of a partially online JD program, Vermont Law School delivers exceptional quality and value.

  • Learn the law and how to use it to effect change

  • Complete your JD degree traditionally on-campus in 3 years, through a 2-year accelerated program, or partially online with the Reduced-Residency program

  • In addition to law firms, graduates get jobs as policy analysts and leaders at government agencies, nonprofits, and in the private sector

  • Scholarships available

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Full time environmental faculty

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Environmental law clinics

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Courses related to the environment and environmental law

The job market for new lawyers and policy experts has never been more competitive. At Vermont Law School we can help you gain the edge you need in today's legal marketplace with 15 key areas of specialization.

  • Agriculture and Food Systems
  • Business Law
  • China and Southeast Asia
  • Climate Change Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Justice
  • General Practice
  • International and Comparative Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Land Use Law
  • Legal Writing
  • Sports Law
  • Tax Law and Policy
  • Technology and Legal Innovation
  • Water Resources Law

In our law clinics, you may work to block construction of a low-sulphur, high-sodium coal mine in southwestern Montana. You may help set national governance standards for farmers' markets or spend a semester working at an NGO in Washington, D.C. Students in our Energy Clinic may learn in the classroom the theory behind community solar projects, then have the opportunity to develop the legal structures for an actual project, then help install the solar array. The clinical setting gives students a chance to be creative, to take risks, to work on real cases with real consequences. Clinics at Vermont Law School include:

  • South Royalton Legal Clinic
  • Environmental Advocacy Clinic
  • Environmental Justice Clinic
  • Energy Clinic
  • Food and Agriculture Clinic

The externship setting, unlike anything else, gives students a chance to work on real cases with real consequences. It changes the way they think. It changes their skill set. It changes what they want to do with their lives. It teaches fundamental legal skills. It shows how lawyers, judges, and mediators integrate theory and skill, in real time, in the presence of the pressures and sometimes the chaos that they encounter in everyday practice. Even while you're a student, you can make a difference in the lives of real people. In recent years, VLS students have received placement in:

  • Private firms
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Criminal law offices
  • City and state governments
  • International law
  • Immigration law
  • Energy law
  • Courts of appeal
  • U.S. District Courts
  • State Supreme Courts
  • Local, state, and federal agencies
  • Nonprofits of all sizes

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks VLS as one of the top environmental law programs.

Vermont Law School is approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-988-6738.

Accreditation

Vermont Law School's master's program is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).