The current criminal justice system is financially and ethically untenable. Plagued by the unsustainable cost of incarceration, high recidivism rates, devastating impact on children of incarcerating parents, the burden and collateral consequences of a criminal conviction, a “school to prison” pipeline borne of excessively harsh academic disciplinary measures, and racial, economic, and geographic inequalities, our communities need alternatives to the traditional criminal justice model.
Learn to transform criminal justice using more restorative practices.
Experiential learning opportunities in restorative justice methods and innovative criminal justice approaches.
Graduates will be prepared to become leaders and advocates in restorative justice.
Courses include Principles of Restorative Justice, Race and the Law, Race and the Criminal Justice System, Juvenile Justice, Global Restorative Justice, Restorative Justice in Educational Institutions, and more.
New lowered tuition for Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice.
The Adirondack Foundation Restorative Justice Scholarship funds a year-round resident of the Adirondacks to earn a Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice through the Vermont Law School Center for Justice Reform. Restorative justice creates less punitive responses to harm and builds and strengthens communities and organizations through relational practices and inclusive participation. Restorative justice practices are expanding in the criminal justice, child protection, and educational fields. The Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice is available fully online or residentially. A strong priority will be given to applications from first-generation college graduates with an interest in working in justice systems, education, or with underserved populations.
The scholarship recipient will have two years to complete the three course, nine credit certificate program. Credits earned for the certificate may be transferred to the 30 credit Master of Arts in Restorative Justice. The recipient will be asked to make a presentation upon completion of the Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice and may be featured in publications by Vermont Law School or the Adirondack Foundation.
July 15, 2021
The Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice is a unique 9-credit program for undergraduate and graduate students, restorative justice leaders, state and non-profit managers, and other professionals who wish to develop a career focusing on restorative justice or gain skills in restorative practices.
Vermont Law School's flexible JD program offers an opportunity for concentration in restorative justice. Students may specialize in Restorative Justice or may combine the JD with a Master of Arts in Restorative Justice (MARJ).
The Master of Arts in Restorative Justice (MARJ) degree program is for students who want to address deficiencies in our justice system and become the next generation of justice leaders.
A statewide, regional, national, and international educational and training location for justice reform efforts including restorative justice.
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).