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Application Deadlines

Deadline JD/AJD (Fall) Accelerated JD (Summer) Master's Programs LLM Programs
Early Deadline November 15 November 15 March 1 March 1
General April 15 March 1 April 15 April 15
Space Available July 15 N/A July 15 July 15

The Inside Story: Students describe their reasons for choosing Vermont Law School.

Vermont Law School seeks intellectually curious and motivated students who bring diverse perspectives, interests, and talents to the school. Candidates with degrees in fields ranging from civil engineering to biology or philosophy find a distinctive law school community that encourages their passions and aspirations. Graduates become law clerks and litigators, policy makers and legislators, defenders of the environment, advocates for social justice—and leaders in their fields.

Students at the law school recognize quickly their shared desire to have a substantial impact on the world and in their communities. As a result, they build supportive and durable personal and professional relationships. VLS graduates remain connected to one another, to faculty members, and to others in the school community.

Vermont Law School strongly encourages prospective students to visit campus and meet faculty, administrators, and current students face to face. If a campus visit is not feasible, interested candidates are invited to schedule a phone interview to talk with an admissions counselor at any point in the consideration or application process.


Tracking the Status of Your Application

Once the admissions office receives your application for the JD, LLM, or Master's program, you will be sent an email with a log-in and password you can use to track the status of your application.  For more information about tracking your application, click here.

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Vermont Law School offers several specialized degrees focused on environmental and energy law and policy. For detailed information about these degree offerings, click here.

Vermont Law School is committed to promoting an employment and educational environment free from unlawful harassment, sexual harassment, and discrimination. Unlawful harassment or discrimination of the basis of age, color, disability (including duty of reasonable accommodation), ethnicity, HIV-positive status, national origin, place of birth, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity/expression), sexual orientation, or veteran status as defined by applicable law ("protected characteristics") is prohibited and will not be tolerated.

JD Admissions

The three-year JD degree program prepares students to engage in the general practice of law or to pursue a career in environmental or energy law, international law, criminal law, or some other specialty.  Vermont Law School has created an extended four-year JD enrollment option for the JD program, as well as a two-year accelerated JD enrollment option.

Masters Admissions

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The one-year Master of Environmental Law and Policy and Master of Energy Regulation and Law programs prepare students for a wide variety of jobs in the environmental and energy fields.  Students can pursue these programs on a part-time basis over a period of up to five years.

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LLM Admissions

VLS offers three one-year LLM degree programs for students who have already obtained their law degree, either from a law school in the U.S. or another country:  LLM in American Legal Studies, LLM in Environmental Law, and LLM in Energy Law.

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Academically challenging, acclaimed for its programs, focused on students, and known for its commitment to the environment, Vermont Law School is dedicated to educating agents of positive change.

Transfer Admissions

Vermont Law School welcomes applications from students who have begun their legal careers at other institutions and wish to complete their studies at the law school.

Visiting and Exchange Admissions

Vermont Law School welcomes students from institutions throughout the nation and around the globe.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Currently, over 90 percent of Vermont Law School students receive some sort of financial assistance, including loans, grants, or fellowships.

Visit VLS

Vermont Law School encourages all applicants to visit the South Royalton campus and experience first-hand the energy of our academic community, the diversity of the VLS family, the spirit of good will and public service, and the great beauty of our natural surroundings.

Academic Calendar

Check here for important dates for the VLS academic year.

Academic Calendar - Distance Learning

Check here for important dates for the VLS academic year for distance learning students.