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Our Faculty

Vermont Law School faculty are known for their passion for justice, fairness, and equal opportunity, yet they are also pragmatic. They understand that it’s essential to master both the law and the evidence in any given context. None would want to teach only abstract rules in the absence of how to actually give a client advice. Practical knowledge, the chance to learn by experience, and the ability to speak, write, and negotiate are facets of a legal education emphasized across the entire VLS faculty.

VLS professors aim to strike a balance between scholarship and application, between rigorous research and a realistic approach to problem-solving. They understand the nuance needed in advocacy work, and they appreciate the portfolio of skills graduates must master to find that first job in the field. The real value of opportunities for practical experience is that students are less likely to have a false start in launching their careers because of the chance to assess and test their real passions in the workplace.

Our enviable student to faculty ratio of about 13/1 helps promote lasting relationships between students and faculty. The faculty’s expertise and their own continuing work on important cases in environmental law, international and comparative law, human rights, national security law, business law, and constitutional law translate into frequent opportunities for students to engage in independent study and intensive field research alongside faculty mentors.

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Faculty Directory

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Search the VLS directory by name or expertise to locate faculty members and learn about their courses, achievements, and scholarship.

Faculty Highlights

The latest in Vermont Law School news and events.

Scholarship and Collaboration

As a community of scholars, we learn the most when we are learning with and through each other. VLS faculty members often invite students to collaborate with them on research projects, the development and publication of papers and articles, and presentations.

Environmental Leaders

The following faculty have been integral to the history and development of the ELC and their work continues to influence environmental law and policy nationally and internationally.

Professor David Mears teaching.

New and Noteworthy

The VLS faculty is active and vocal, serving nationally and internationally as keynote speakers and presenters, experts for news and radio journalists, and advocates for change through journal articles and books.

Faculty Profiles

VLS faculty members are passionate about their work and committed to preparing students for the challenges they'll face while working for the common good. Meet some members of the Vermont Law School faculty and learn why they're considered some of the top legal-minds teaching in the country.