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Environmental Master's Degrees at Vermont Law School
A master's degree from Vermont Law School is different from degrees at other places. Instead of studying theories about how policies work, our master's candidates learn the law and how to use it to effect change. By studying advocacy, regulations, legislation, and markets, they acquire the tools to create more just systems and a more sustainable world. Our graduates get jobs as policy analysts and leaders.
- Master's degree programs open to non-lawyer professionals
- The nation's premier environmental law program
- Learn the law and how to use it to effect change
- More than 65 courses related to the environment and environmental law
- Earn your degree on campus, online, or a hybrid of both
- Experiential learning opportunities
- Scholarships are available
Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP)
Climate change. Land use. Water justice. International trade. Sustainable food and energy systems. Our students deliver solutions to some of the most critical challenges facing our world today.
- Covers environmental law, policy, science, and communications, with added emphasis on economics and advocacy
- Experiential learning opportunities with state and federal agencies and nonprofits
- Graduates get jobs as policy analysts and leaders
- Courses include Water Resources Law, Climate Change Law, Ocean and Coastal Law, Global Energy Justice, and more
Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL)
Fossil fuel dependency. A warming planet. Smart-grid technology. The rise of alternative energy markets and infrastructures. Our students receive intensive training at the intersection of energy and law, regulation, policy, and economic analysis.
- Program focused on law and policy governing energy use, production, and transmission
- Students receive practical training in public advocacy and writing for a legal and policy audience
- Faculty include former high-level government officials and environmental litigators
- Graduates get jobs in energy regulation, clean-energy startups, and more
- Courses include Energy Law and Policy in a Carbon-Constrained World, Environmental Economics and Markets, and more
Master of Food and Agriculture Law and Policy (MFALP)
The food movement grows here. Our students become food and agriculture advocates and entrepreneurs, creating innovative legal tools to support the new food movement.
- Most comprehensive sustainable food, agriculture, and environmental law program in the country
- Offers students a powerful marriage of agriculture policy, food safety, and environmental law
- Clinical training in one of the nation's first food and agriculture clinics
- Courses include Public Health Implications of U.S. Agriculture and Food Policy, Law and Policy of Local Food Systems, The Modern Farm Bill, and more
Summers-Only Master's Program
JD students from any law school may earn a master's degree from Vermont Law School with a combination of summer classes, online classes, and a summer externship. Special arrangements with Northeastern University, University of South Carolina, University of South Dakota, and Quinnipiac University allow those students to transfer additional JD credits to the master's degree and earn the degree at a lower cost.
Your Path to a Better Job
"Doing the MERL has been one of the best decisions I ever made. It has prepared me extremely well to enter the field of energy policy and immediately jump into meaningful and interesting work."
Autumn Proudlove, MERL'13
Policy Analyst, North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center
Inquire now to start a conversation with Vermont Law School admissions counselors. Explore program options and tailor a degree to meet your needs.
Offering the nation's premier environmental law program