The LLM in Environmental Law is a 30-credit degree program whose cornerstone course is the Graduate Seminar, in which guest speakers lead discussion on a variety of current environmental issues. Many LLM students will choose to complete an externship, research project, a teaching practicum, or a thesis based upon their professional goals. The curriculum also offers a number of experiential learning opportunities with state and federal agencies, advocacy groups, and international organizations.
Learn the law and how to use it to effect change
Complete your LLM degree in as few as 12 months or up to 5 years
Clinical training in the Energy Clinic, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, and Food and Agriculture Clinic
Graduates get jobs as Associate Counsel for Environmental Law, Policy and Research Program Managers, Directors of Land Use and Sustainable Development
Earn your degree online, on campus, or a hybrid of both
Full time environmental faculty
Environmental law clinics
Courses related to the environment and environmental law
The reasons for getting an LLM have a lot to do with a competitive market that rewards specially trained lawyers. The extra degree opens doors, leads to raises, and enhances networking. In some cases it reroutes careers, such as the people who arrive here as criminal attorneys and leave with jobs prosecuting environmental crimes.
The legal system will critically affect how humanity meets the challenge of energy and environmental issues. In the private sector, in government policy and regulation, in advocacy, in teaching and research, in setting the frameworks for emerging markets and technologies, from local to state to federal to international levels: the emerging generation of legal experts will shape the future of the planet.
Popular culture is drawing increasing attention to how our country mass-produces and industrially distributes its food. A more sustainable, more diverse, and more local set of systems is taking root, one that will require creative new policies and legal tools, new standards and regulations, new markets, and new innovations to flourish and endure.
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).