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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

  • Knowledgeable, dedicated staff available to guide active duty, reserve, or veteran students through their education benefit options., helping students maximize their military education benefits

  • Participating member of the Yellow Ribbon program

  • Unlimited Yellow Ribbon scholarships to eligible students

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

  • Active Veterans Law Student Association


Environmental Law Program for 2018, U.S. News & World Report


Courses related to 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 have the chance to work with incarcerated women in Vermont or help block construction of a low-sulphur, high-sodium coal mine in southwestern Montana. You may help set national governance standards for farmers' markets or question a witness on the stand. 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 and Natural Resources Law Clinic
  • Energy Clinic
  • Food and Agriculture Clinic
  • Legislative Clinic
  • Criminal Law Clinic
  • Dispute Resolution 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 receive placements 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 has ranked Vermont Law School No. 1 in the nation for environmental law for 2018.

Vermont Law School is a proud Yellow Ribbon participant.


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).