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Environmental Degree Programs

A conversation with Professor Gus Speth.

Climate change, wildlife protection, and alternative energy are just a few of the critical issues facing the world today. Vermont Law School and its top-ranked environmental law and policy degree programs are leading the movement to address these challenges.

 

Vermont Law School offers multiple degree programs to prepare students to work in the environmental and energy fields.

Juris Doctor Degree

Vermont Law School’s Juris Doctor (JD) program offer students the opportunity to study environmental law while gaining the broader skills and knowledge necessary for the general practice of law.

Masters Degrees

Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP)

The one-year MELP program offers interdisciplinary training in environmental law and policy, science, economics and public advocacy. Students have the option of earning the degree on a part-time basis over several years.

Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL)

The one-year MERL program offers intensive training in the law and policy governing energy use, production and transmission. Students may pursue the degree on a part-time basis over several years.

Master of Laws (LLM) Degrees

LLM in Environmental Law

The LLM in Environmental Law program is designed for post-JD students seeking to specialize in environmental law. Vermont Law School offers over 50 courses in environmental law—the widest range of courses offered by any law school in the world.

LLM in Energy Law

The LLM in Energy Law offers post-JD students the opportunity to specialize in law and policy relating to energy use, production and transmission. LLM students work with faculty associated with VLS’s Institute for Energy and the Environment.

Joint Degrees in Environmental and Energy Law

JD/Master of Environmental Law and Policy

The JD/Master of Environmental Law and Policy program permits students to combine the JD degree with the interdisciplinary training in science, economics and public policy offered by the MELP degree. Students can complete the degree program in three years, the period of time ordinarily required to earn the JD degree alone.

JD/Master of Energy Regulation and Law

The JD/Master of Energy Regulation and Law program allows students to combine a JD degree and a Master of Energy Regulation and Law degree. Students can complete this joint degree in three years..

JD/LLM in Environmental Law

The JD/LLM in Environmental Law permits students to combine the JD degree with an LLM in Environmental Law, to prepare for a career practicing environmental law with a private firm, as a public interest environmental litigator, or in academia.

JD/LLM in Energy Law

The JD/LLM in Energy Law allows students to combine a JD degree and an LLM in Energy Law degree, preparing them to pursue the practice of energy law in the public or private spheres, or careers in teaching, research or public policy.

Dual Degrees

Vermont Law School students can combine a JD or master’s degree with degrees from other schools, such as an MEM from Yale University or an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Learn more about our dual degrees here.

Certificates

Vermont Law School offers specialized certificates in Energy Law, Climate Law, Land Use Law, and Water Law.  Learn more about our certificates here.