The Vermont Law School MELP program prepares students to manage nonprofit organizations, lead environmental advocacy campaigns, organize effective public interest campaigns, or become policy-makers in government at the federal, state, or local level. It also prepares students to work in the private sector promoting green business practices.
Many MELP graduates do policy and advocacy work for nonprofit environmental organizations. Employers of MELP graduates include large, international and national organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund and the Sierra Club; regional groups such as public interest research groups (PIRGs); and local organizations such as land trusts and watershed groups.
Other MELP graduates choose public service in federal agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), state environmental agencies, and municipal planning offices.
An increasing number of graduates are interested in the private sector, including management work at energy consulting firms, or working for corporations to help them achieve environmental compliance. Still others choose from a wide range of careers in environmental education, environmental journalism, and other fields.
For more information about jobs following graduation from VLS and how the VLS Office of Career Services can help locate jobs, contact
Vermont Law School
Office of Career Services