18 months
Jan Sep
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About this course

​The Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) degree program offers interdisciplinary training in environmental law and policy, science, economics, and public advocacy. Most students complete the 30-credit program in 12 months, but students have up to five years to obtain their degree.

Vermont Law School's MELP program responds to the cutting-edge environmental challenges facing the United States and the world today, including climate change, sustainable agriculture and food safety, degradation of water resources, and conservation and management of public and private lands. Well-trained professionals with the MELP degree are needed to become effective agents of change in the nonprofit sector, government, and business.

Masters of Environmental Law and Policy students choose from more than 50 environmental law- and policy-related courses, taught by the world-renowned faculty of Vermont Law School. The MELP program is administered by the law school's highly respected Environmental Law Center.

The MELP program provides students with practical training in public policy advocacy and writing for a legal policy audience, opportunities for independent research with support from faculty, and externships with organizations around the country and the world. The Master of Environmental Law and Policy program is open to students enrolled at other law schools who wish to combine their JD with the MELP degree from Vermont Law School. 

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.