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Environmental Law Center

Vermont Law School has the largest and deepest environmental program of any law school. Since we established the Environmental Law Center in 1978, we have been training people to be environmental leaders in government, nonprofits, corporations, and private practice—locally, nationally, and internationally. With the largest graduate environmental law program in the country, the ELC has always been ranked within the top two by U.S.News & World Report.

US News Number one ranking environmental law 2013Within the ELC, you will find focused research institutes, specialized programs, and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. We address crucial issues such as sustainable development, global warming, environmental and energy law and policy, and environmental taxation. Our clinic participants litigate real-world cases in these fields, and our world-renowned Summer Session provides a unique opportunity for students, faculty, scientists, and policy makers to meet and discuss the latest environmental developments.

Everyone who experiences the ELC’s offerings leaves with a heightened sense of civic responsibility and a deeper understanding of the issues. After VLS, many become leaders who work on behalf of a healthy future for our planet.


Environmental Degree Programs

We offer an LLM in Environmental Law, a Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP), a Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL), a joint JD/MELP, and dual degrees with institutions such as Yale, Cambridge, Thunderbird, Northeastern, and the University of Vermont.

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We offer over 50 environmental law courses, more than any other law school, focusing on numerous specialized areas of law as well as on vital interdisciplinary subjects.

Faculty and Administration

The ELC includes litigators, scholars, policy makers, environmental leaders, and researchers of national and international prominence.

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Institutes and Initiatives

Our research institutes focus on energy, land use, and environmental tax policy, while our partnerships and initiatives reach out to others in an effort to address natural resources, climate change, and the rule of law in China.

Research Resources   New window icon

Vermont Law School’s library is home to an extensive collection of resources to aid students, faculty, and the public in environmental law research and news gathering pursuits.