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Juris Doctor (JD)

The core JD curriculum focuses on legal doctrine and analysis, emphasizes the broader social context of the law, and provides education in the skills and values needed for effective law practice. Our flexible JD program offers an opportunity both for concentration in a particular area of the law and for a broad preparation suited to general practice in all 50 states.

In the first year, students receive a solid foundation for the study of law through exposure to the basic subject areas as well as techniques of legal analysis, fundamental legal skills, and perspectives on the origins, function, and development of the legal system. During their second and third years, students take full advantage of the breadth and depth of courses offered at Vermont Law School. While a certain number of courses are still required, students virtually design their own second and third year curricula. Choices from VLS’s extensive list of course topics range from American Legal History to Women in Law to Energy Regulation, Markets, and the Environment.

First-Year Curriculum

Learn about Vermont Law School's first-year core curriculum.

Two-Year Accelerated JD

Vermont Law School now offers an accelerated enrollment option that allows accomplished applicants the flexibility to complete the JD within two years, at two-thirds the cost of the three-year program.

Four-Year Extended JD

Vermont Law School offers a four year extended JD program to accommodate students with busy schedules.