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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

  • Scholarships available


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.

  • Focus your study on climate change, land use, natural resources, or environmental tax policy.
  • Tailor a course of study to match your professional goals.
  • Gain environmental litigation experience in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic.
  • Courses include Environmental Law, Climate Change and the Law, Air Pollution Law and Policy, Land Use Regulation, Water Resources Management, Extinction and Climate Change, Ocean and Coastal Law, Legal Adaptations to Global Warming, and more.
  • Complete the degree in as little as 12 months on campus or 18 months online.
  • Earn your degree online, on campus, or a hybrid of both.

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.

  • The nation's most extensive energy curriculum.
  • Gain the expertise and broad vision needed to play a leading energy role.
  • Valuable hands-on externships and real work in the first energy law clinic in the country.
  • Courses include Global Energy Law and Policy, Alternative Fuels and Renewable Energy, Three Essentials of Electric Grid, Oil and Gas Production and the Environment, Renewable Energy Project Finance and Development, and more.
  • Complete the program in as little as 12 months on campus or 18 months online.
  • Earn your degree online, on campus, or a hybrid of both.

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.

  • Most comprehensive food and agriculture law program in the country.
  • Receive training for jobs at nonprofits embracing food and agriculture advocacy or fighting GMOs, develop legal tools for local food hubs and farmers markets, work with government agencies regulating food labeling, and more.
  • Clinical training in one of the nation's first food and agriculture clinics.
  • Courses include Food Regulation and Policy, Global Food Security, Agriculture and the Environment, The Farm Bill, Law of Animals in Agriculture, Food Justice and Sustainability, and more.
  • Complete the program in as little as 12 months on campus or 18 months online.
  • Earn your degree online, on campus, or a hybrid of both.

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks VLS as one of the top environmental law programs.

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