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As the premier environmental law school in the nation, Vermont Law School offers degree programs and courses to produce leaders who want to change the world. Online students have access to nationally recognized centers, programs, and faculty—with experiential learning opportunities available from a distance.

  • Earn a Master's or LLM degree 100% online in as few as 18 months

  • Take courses online as a non-degree seeking student

  • Transfer online courses to another institution

  • Complete an online course in 8 weeks

  • Online courses include Climate Change and the Law, Natural Resources Law, Alternative Fuels and Renewable Energy, Federal Regulation of Food and Agriculture, and more


Full time environmental faculty


Environmental law clinics


Courses related to the environment and environmental law

Online degrees at Vermont Law School include:

  • Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP)
  • Master of Energy Law and Policy (MERL)
  • Master of Food and Agriculture Law and Policy (MFALP)
  • LLM in Environmental Law
  • LLM in Energy Law
  • LLM in Food and Agriculture Law

Online courses at Vermont Law School include:

  • Advanced Legal Research Practice
  • Legislation and Regulation Survey
  • Origins, Evolution, and Critical Issues
  • Climate Change and Law
  • Energy Law and Policy in a Carbon Constrained World
  • Introduction to the Law and Policy of Agriculture, Food and the Environment
  • Communication, Advocacy and Leadership
  • Science for Environmental Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Climate Change, Extinction and Adaptation
  • Energy Regulation and the Environment
  • Federal Regulation of Food and Agriculture
  • Native Americans and the Law
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Alternative Fuels and Renewable Energy
  • Environmental Dispute Resolution
  • Oil and Gas Development and the Environment
  • Global Food Security and Social Justice
  • Climate Change Adaptation in Human Systems
  • Law and Policy of Local Food Systems
  • And more

The online learning schedule at Vermont Law School:

  • Summer 2020 - Term 1: May 11 to Jun. 28
  • Summer 2020 - Term 2: Jul. 6 to Aug. 23
  • Fall 2020 - Term 1: Aug. 31 to Oct. 18
  • Fall 2020 - Term 2: Oct. 26 to Dec. 13
  • Spring 2021 - Term 1: Jan. 4 to Feb. 21
  • Spring 2021 - Term 2: Mar. 1 to Apr. 18

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).