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Personal choice and direction are particularly important at the graduate-school level, when your education is the pathway to your career. Vermont Law School's excellent degree programs give you choices so you can pursue the degree that leads in the direction you want your career to take, in any of a variety of settings in the United States or in other countries. The Vermont Law School approach to education combines experiential learning with in-class exploration while fostering professional responsibility and dedication to public service.

Juris Doctor (JD)

The JD program offers students the opportunity to concentrate in a particular area of law while gaining the broader skills and knowledge necessary for the practice of law. While the JD is traditionally a three-year program, the law school also offers two-year accelerated JD and four-year extended JD options.

Joint Degree Programs

Vermont Law School students may combine the JD degree with a Master's or LLM degree to develop expertise in environmental or energy law. Vermont Law School offers four joint degrees: the JD/Master of Environmental Law and Policy, JD/Master of Energy Regulation and Law, JD/LLM in Environmental Law, and JD/LLM in Energy Law.

Masters Degrees

Vermont Law School offers two one-year Master's degrees, the Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) and the Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL). The MELP program offers students interdisciplinary training in environmental law and policy, science, economics, and public advocacy. The MERL program offers intensive training in the law and policy governing energy use, production, and transmission.

Master of Laws (LLM)

Vermont Law School offers three Masters of Law degrees, an LLM in Environmental Law, an LLM in Energy Law, and an LLM in American Legal Studies. These advanced degrees are for students who already have a law degree either from a U.S. law school or a law school in another country.

Dual Degrees

Vermont Law School students can combine a JD or Master's degree with degrees from other schools, such as an MEM from Yale University or an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Certificate Programs

Vermont Law School students may pursue specialized certificates in Climate Law, Dispute Resolution, Energy Law, General Practice, International and Comparative Law, Land Use Law, and Water Law. Certificates are a tangible indication that students have mastered a specific subject matter area.

All VLS Courses

Browse the VLS course catalogue by area of study, faculty, and more.