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Letter from the Coordinator

Dear Prospective Externship Mentor:

Let me introduce you to the Masters Externship Program at the Environmental Law Center and encourage your sponsorship.

Students in our Master’s and joint Juris Doctor/Master’s degree programs work in a wide variety of settings. Regular mentors span the public service sector from the U.S. Department of Justice to the Vermont Land Trust. Environmental groups, public agencies, small and large law firms, private consulting firms, and corporations all benefit from our externs. Our externs’ wide-ranging experiences help to keep Vermont Law School among the best environmental law schools in the country.

Most externs are candidates for the Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) or Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL) degree. Some are enrolled in both the JD and MELP or MERL programs; some are attorneys who are enrolled in one of our LLM programs after years of practice. The curriculum requires students to take courses in the areas of resource planning and management, regulatory affairs, ethics, policy and alternative dispute resolution.

The Environmental Law Center faculty and staff have an "open door" policy and advise students on an individual basis. For example, many students meet individually with their faculty advisor, Career Services staff, and the Director of Externships while determining what type of externship would be best for them, which specific externship they will pursue, and how to approach mentors. The Environmental Law Center maintains an externship resource center, and any new externship openings are posted in our monthly newsletter to students.

Please feel free to call me if you have any questions, and/or visit the Environmental Law Center online.

Very truly yours,

Shannon Lovely
Masters Externship Coordinator
Environmental Law Center
Vermont Law School
slovely@vermontlaw.edu
802.831.1259