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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

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

  • Scholarships available


Full time environmental faculty


Environmental law clinics


Courses related to the environment and environmental law

Vermont Law School's flexible JD program offers an opportunity for concentration in Environmental Law. Students may specialize in Environmental Law or combine the JD with a Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP).

  • JD specialization in Environmental Law
  • Joint JD/Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP)
  • 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 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:

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


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