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Vermont Law School

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About Vermont Law School

Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, is home to the nation's largest and deepest environmental law program. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service; three Master's Degrees—Master of Environmental Law and Policy, Master of Energy Regulation and Law, and Master of Food and Agriculture Law and Policy; and four post-JD degrees —LLM in American Legal Studies (for foreign-trained lawyers), LLM in Energy Law, LLM in Environmental Law, and LLM in Food and Agriculture Law. The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center, South Royalton Legal Clinic, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, Energy Clinic, Food and Agriculture Clinic, and Center for Applied Human Rights.

VLS academic programs combine a solid foundation in law and policy with focus in one or several areas of specialization. Practical, real-world experience gained through work in legal clinics and externships enables students to hone their expertise and match their talents to their passions.

Learning happens everywhere: on campus—in classrooms, conference rooms, the library, and in dinner seminars—and off campus—​in courtrooms, client offices, town meetings, mediation sessions, depositions, and legislative hearing rooms. It's a learning environment driven by students who are more intent on collaboration than on competition.

Vermont Law School’s academic programs are designed to transform legal expertise and skills into tools of consequence. Faculty members, renowned legal scholars and practitioners, deliver an extensive course catalog that features the most environmental law courses of any law school in the United States. The top-ranked Environmental Law Center prepares students for leadership through practice in specialized institutes and clinics. International programs​ allow students to broaden their understanding of global policy and law, and test the waters of legal practice outside the U.S. And the Julien and Virginia Cornell Library, one of the nation’s best environmental law resources, supports students and faculty as they learn and practice.

Campus information

Our campus facilities utilize modern technologies to minimize negative environmental impacts and unsustainable practices, including composting toilets to minimize water usage, super windows to maximize insulation, enthalpic energy wheels to control humidity and recycle exhaust heat, lighting solutions that use natural and energy efficient lighting for interior and exterior spaces.

VLS is located on 13 acres beside the White River in the village of South Royalton. Vermont's largest airport, Burlington International Airport in South Burlington, VT, is about a 75-minute drive from Vermont Law School.


Students are responsible for securing their own housing while at Vermont Law School.  To help students with their search for housing, Vermont Law School has a rental housing database comprised of rental units that local landlords have posted. The database is updated regularly and can be searched by criteria such as number of bedrooms, location, pets allowed, and cost. 


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