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Vermont Law School transfer students discuss their experience at VLS.

You didn't love your first year of law school? That doesn't mean you won't love a legal career. For many students, the first year of law school feels more like a hazing ritual than an exciting time learning the law and developing relationships with classmates who will become lifelong colleagues and friends.

Students who transfer to Vermont Law School are delighted to find a small community in which their professors know them by name and students work with each other, not against each other. They find that learning in smaller classes with others who share their passion for the environment and social justice is exactly what they need to do their best work and prepare for their future. And our transfer students find that the opportunities in their second and third year to do a Semester in Practice, to work in the South Royalton Legal Clinic or Criminal Law Clinic, to be part of the Institute for Energy and the Environment or our Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, or to travel to China to work on environmental laws offer just the kind of leg up that they need to make them attractive to future employers and to prepare them for a meaningful career.

When you transfer to Vermont Law School, you are eligible for merit and need-based scholarships as well as for law review (within law review deadline restrictions) and all of our clinical, experiential, and international offerings. As a transfer student, you will be assigned a mentor who will help orient you to the curriculum and the community. During Orientation Week, transfer students have a meet-and-greet to get to know each other and their faculty advisor and are invited to all orientation social events.

At VLS, we believe that law school should be some of the best years of your life. Email us at to set up a meeting or phone call and find out why.

Transfer Information
Transfer applicants may enroll any semester- fall, spring, or summer. There is no application deadline; files are reviewed when complete.

You'll find additional information about the joint and dual degree programs on the JD Admissions page.

Transfer applicants may submit an application either through the LSAC online application process or by printing out the Transfer Application (.pdf) form. The application file is considered to be complete when the following items have been received in the Admissions Office:

Completed application form
Professional resume or curriculum vitae
Essays as described in the application
Current LSDAS report from LSAC
Two letters of recommendation - one must be from a law school professor
Law school letter of good standing
Law school transcript with fall and spring semester grades
Law school class rank for the first year

There is no application fee for transfer students. Feel free to contact the Admissions Office if you have questions.

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