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Reduced-Residency JD Degree

The Reduced-Residency Juris Doctor (RRJD) program at Vermont Law School offers students a more flexible way to earn a JD. Compared to traditional three-year residential JD programs, this partially online JD degree option enables students to earn a JD with only 18 months of study on campus.

Partially Online JD Degree

After 18 months of study on campus, students complete the remainder of their studies with online JD courses and a Semester-in-Practice (SiP) externship off campus.

American Bar Association Approved

The JD program at Vermont Law School is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Students who successfully complete the RRJD by finishing the JD degree online will be able to sit for the bar exam in most jurisdictions. Students are advised to check with the state bar in the jurisdiction in which they wish to practice law to ensure that the RRJD program meets that state's requirements.

JD Specializations

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.

The Country's Top Environmental Law Program

The Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law School has the largest graduate environmental program in the country, and is consistently ranked as the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report. The multidisciplinary program positions graduates to take lead roles in solving the world's most complex environmental problems.

Your Path to a Better Job

"At VLS I learned how to be an advocate. I see FERC as my client when I'm on the Hill. I advocate for them."

Jehmal Hudson, JD'06
House Liaison for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission


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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).