Institute for Energy and the Environment
Energy Law Certificate & Curriculum
The Institute offers a variety of programs for students and professionals to enhance your understanding of energy law. For current VLS students, you can enroll in the Certificate in Energy Law. For students and professionals, you can learn more about energy law from our vast array energy curriculum offered at VLS.
Earning a certificate in Energy Law from Vermont Law School demonstrates a committed focus on, and mastery of, energy issues with an environmental awareness. Program graduates are well prepared to play a strong role with an energy commission, a law firm with an energy practice, or an advocacy group focusing on these issues. The Certificate in Energy Law requires a minimum of 15 credits with a grade of B or above in the courses designated below.
- A. Required Courses:
- ENV5226 Energy Law & Policy in a Carbon-Constrained World
- ENV5228 Energy Regulation, Markets and the Environment
- ENV5105 Administrative Law (waived for MELP-only students)
- B. At least 4 credits from the following list of Summer Session courses:
- ENV5498 America’s Energy Crisis (2)
- ENV5476 Nuclear Power and Public Policy (2)
- ENV5468 Oil and Gas Production and the Environment (2)
- ENV5490 Renewable Energy and Other Alternative Fuels (2)
- ENV5550 Renewable Energy Project Finance & Development (2)
- ENV5510 Three Essentials of the Electric Grid (1-3)
- C. At least 2 credits from the following list:
- ENV5205 Air Pollution Law & Policy (3)
- ENV5209 CERCLA Law & Policy (3)
- ENV5365 Climate Change: The Power of Taxes (2)
- BUS6226 Corporate Finance: Mergers & Acquisitions (3)
- BUS6235 Corporations (4)
- ENV5125 Land Use Regulation (3)
- PUB7550 National Security Law (3)
- D. Satisfactory completion of one course or project from the list below. Projects must be approved by the director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment.
- ENV5303 Advanced Energy Writing Seminar (2)
- Advanced Writing Requirement (AWR) on an energy topic
- Independent Research Project (IRP) on an energy topic
- LLM thesis or research project on an energy topic
- MELP, LLM, or JD externship in energy law
- Participation in the IEE Research Associate Program
The Institute offers year-round, in-depth training in the fundamentals and developing elements of energy law and regulation. Active professionals and academic students will both find stimulating coursework at the Institute. Professionals can attend intense, one, two, or three-week summer courses and seasonal, multi-day conferences geared to suit their particular needs. Law students and environmental studies analysts can earn degree credits and substantive knowledge of industry topics from a full slate of fall, spring, and summer courses, advanced writing seminars, and research.