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JD/LLM in Environmental Law

Vermont Law School offers students the opportunity to earn both a JD and an LLM in Environmental Law from the law school. Students may complete the JD/LLM in Energy Law joint degree program in less time than is required to obtain each degree separately by counting nine JD credits toward the LLM degree. Students in the JD/LLM in Environment Law joint degree program take classes in the VLS Summer Session and can pursue a wide variety of experiential learning options.

The JD/LLM in Energy Law joint degree is designed for students who seek to pursue a career in environmental law, take advantage of the large and diverse Vermont Law School environmental law curriculum, and develop deep knowledge and expertise in environmental law and policy.

Students may seek enrollment in the JD/LLM in Environment program at the same time they apply for admission to the JD program. The option to enter the joint degree program remains open to all Vermont Law School students in good standing until the date they receive the JD degree. 

The JD/LLM in Environmental Law joint degree program creates a path for students seeking to practice law or engage in high-level policy work in the field of environmental law. The joint degree program prepares students to pass the bar in any state in the country and to engage in the practice of law. At the same time, the advanced LLM degree provides students with the knowledge and practical experience to become leaders in environmental law.

Career Pathways

The JD/LLM program prepares students for challenging careers addressing environmental law and policy issues in private practice, government agencies, and in academia.


The curriculum for the JD/LLM joint degree program combines the curriculum for the JD with the required courses, environmental electives and opportunities for externships, writing, and research of the LLM curriculum.

What Students and Graduates Say

Vermont Law School graduates go on to influential careers in the United States and abroad, with governments, non-profit organizations, and leading private firms.

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The faculty at Vermont Law School includes dedicated teachers, scholars, litigators, policy makers, and mentors for our students.

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An excellent general education, along with an inquiring, disciplined, and cultivated mind, are the most important qualifications for the study of environmental law and policy. Vermont Law School looks favorably on undergraduate and graduate programs that give students an opportunity to analyze critically and think creatively. Precision, fluency, and economy in speaking and writing are the most vital skills for success at Vermont Law School.

Students wishing to enroll in the JD/LLM program may indicate their intention at the time of application or at any time during their enrollment in the JD program.