18 months
Jan Sep
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About this course

The Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL) degree program focuses on law and policy governing energy use, production, and transmission. Students can complete the 30-credit program in as little as 12 months but can take up to five years to obtain their degree.  Our focus is on the energy policy of the future.

Vermont Law School's MERL program responds to the rapid growth of the alternative energy sector as well as the environmental problems associated with traditional energy production. The emergence of a smart electric grid and the prospects for electrifying the transportation sector are revolutionizing the energy field. Well-trained professionals with the MERL degree are needed to be effective agents of change in business, economics, public policy, nonprofit administration, and law.

MERL students choose electives from more than 50 courses in energy and environmental law taught by the world-renowned faculty of Vermont Law School. Energy courses are taught by faculty associated with the law school's highly respected Institute for Energy and the Environment.

The Master of Energy Regulation and Law program provides students with practical training in public advocacy and writing for a legal policy audience, opportunities for independent research with support from faculty, and externships at organizations around the country and the world. 

Entry Requirements

  • GPA from undergraduate and any graduate schools
  • Successful work history after completion of the baccalaureate degree
  • Letters of recommendation from professors or professional or volunteer experience supervisors
  • Neither the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) nor the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is required for applicants to the Masters programs. However students who have taken the exam may submit their scores to support their application. Scores should be sent directly to the school (GRE & LSAT School Code: 3946) for consideration.