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LLM in Energy Law


The LLM in Energy Law degree program is designed for students who have already earned a law degree and wish to pursue intensive study and training in the field of energy law. The program is open to students who have graduated with a JD degree from a U.S. law school as well as students who have received a law degree from another country.

Vermont Law School offers over 50 courses in energy and environmental law and policy—the widest range of courses offered by any law school in the world—giving students the freedom to design a curriculum that matches their personal objectives. The VLS faculty who specialize in energy law are affiliated with the law school's highly respected Institute for Energy and the Environment, which offers students opportunities to do practical work in the energy field and to meet and learn from energy experts who collaborate on institute projects with VLS faculty.  Students in the LLM in Energy Law program participate in a special LLM seminar focusing on advanced research topics in environmental and energy law. 

Full-time LLM students ordinarily complete the degree program in twelve months.   Students may begin their studies in either the summer or fall semester. Students have the option of taking up to five years from date of matriculation to complete the degree.

Career Pathways

The LLM in Energy Law prepares students to practice energy in the public or private spheres, or pursue careers in research, teaching or public policy.


The Energy LLM is a 30-credit advanced degree with four required courses, an independent research, writing, or externship requirement, and the opportunity to select from the law school's large number of elective courses.

What Students and Graduates Say

Vermont Law School graduates go on to influential careers in the United States and abroad, with governments, non-profit organizations, and leading private firms.

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The faculty at Vermont Law School includes dedicated teachers, scholars, litigators, policy makers, and mentors for our students.

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An excellent general education, along with an inquiring, disciplined, and cultivated mind, are the most important qualifications for the study of environmental law and policy. Vermont Law School looks favorably on undergraduate and graduate programs that give students an opportunity to analyze critically and think creatively. Precision, fluency, and economy in speaking and writing are the most vital skills for success at Vermont Law School.