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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 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.

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.

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.

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


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Offering the nation's premier environmental law program

164 Chelsea St, PO Box 96

South Royalton, VT 05068

(802) 831-1000


Vermont Law School's JD program is accredited by the ABA, and its master's program is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and colleges (NEASC).