Congratulations! You have the opportunity to join a community focused on helping you become an agent of change. Every student at Vermont Law School has a unique and compelling story, and specifically chose VLS—an institution created to serve the public good.
Now that you have been admitted, we want to help you make an informed transition to Vermont. All admitted students are assigned an Admitted Student Ambassador (ASA) to help answer any questions or concerns about what it's like to be a Vermont Law student. Watch your inbox for an email from one of us.
You chose VLS because it offers something different from most other law schools—a supportive community, a progressive and experiential curriculum, a national network of alumni—all in one of the most beautiful settings in the country.
We encourage you to reach out to us. We look forward to speaking with you!
Meredith Crafton '12
Before law school, Meredith lived and worked at Mount Rainier, lived in Seattle working with the Government Accountability Project, Nuclear Oversight Program (both domestic and abroad in Russia), and worked as a professional rope jumper (performances including Cirque de Soleil). Her passion for law directly stemmed from her time spent on a project called Hanford Challenge, which focused on the cleanup of the nation's most contaminated nuclear site. Meredith has a degree in sustainability studies and social justice from Hampshire College. She is graduating this May with her JD/MELP and a certificate in Energy Law. She has participated in the South Royalton Legal Clinic and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. She is currently the cochair of the Equal Justice Foundation, the advocacy cochair of the Environmental Law Society, and is a member of the Alliance. She plans to stay in Vermont and work in environmental or public interest law.
“I chose VLS because of its location, close community, experiential opportunities and commitment to public interest law. I wanted a law school that would support me in learning about the legal system so I can be a more effective agent for environmental and social justice.”
Jesse Fries '14
Jesse graduated from the University of Louisville in 2010 with a degree in political science focusing on democracy development. Jesse has a strong interest in government and spent his final semester completing coursework in the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. At VLS, Jesse is a JD student, first-year representative to the faculty hiring committee, and frequent customer of the campus café. Jesse hopes to continue his work for SBA while also pursuing other opportunities on campus. He is very interested in environmental law, but plans to hold off on any long-term decisions until he completes further coursework.
"VLS, for me, is a perfect fit. An ESPN junkie, I was enthused to see our Sports Law Institute, which is an excellent resource for those interested in sports law. VLS allows students unparalleled opportunity to pursue an education in environmental law. The faculty and clinics here are nationally (and globally) respected, allowing students to gain practical experience that will be of great benefit in the practice of law. I come from an area of environmental degradation and poverty, and VLS encourages my interest in advocacy while teaching me the skills to advocate effectively. Finally, the law school community is friendly and helpful. We are encouraged to help our fellow students, not to undermine them. The atmosphere, people, location, and academics are all reasons I chose VLS."
Jeff Fucci '14
Before coming to VLS, Jeff worked at a high school in New Jersey, where he launched the school's first newsmagazine and press campaign and moderated student programs for environmental enhancements and collection of relief goods for orphanages in Nicaragua. Jeff earned a master of public administration degree from Seton Hall University. Jeff has worked for the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, and as a journalist. As part of the VLS community, Jeff has been involved with Tropical Storm Irene cleanup, writing a monthly Forum column relating the law to pop culture, and in outreach initiatives between VLS and South Royalton. He is pursuing a joint JD/MELP degree with the Class of 2014 and hopes to work on sustainable planning and redevelopment of urban areas when he graduates, possibly in the city of Asbury Park, a favorite Jersey spot he and Bruce Springsteen both find inspirational.
"I chose VLS for its reputation in the environmental community and the school's dedication to social justice."
Joseph Kaifala '13
Joseph graduated from Skidmore College in upstate New York with degrees in international relations and French. In 2009 he was the Tom Lantos U.S. Congressional Fellow for the House of Representatives subcommittee on Africa and Global Health and in 2010 worked for the World Health Organization Department of Child and Adolescent Health. Joseph is studying international law while at VLS and is a member of the International Law Society, Phi Alpha Delta-Author/VLS Chapter, and the Law Students for Justice in Palestine. He plans to work in international public service in the United Nations or Africa Union.
"I came to VLS because I wanted to be in a small community where people care about each other and real issues in the world. The sense of law for the community and the world is a very attractive commitment for me, because it is, in fact, why I decided to study law. So I wanted to be in a community of people whose studies were mainly devoted to service either for the environment or the community. The size of South Royalton also offers a sense of academic retreat rather than school."
Rachel Margulies '12
Rachel graduated from Flager College with a degree in communications with an emphasis on public relations. Prior to law school, Rachel was a MAC cosmetics makeup artist and product specialist for Estée Lauder and Nordstrom. At VLS, Rachel studies in the JD/MELP joint degree program, is staff editor for the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, and a participant in the General Practice Program. She is active on campus as a student ambassador, SBA senator, Dean's Fellow, and teaching assistant for Constitutional Law. Rachel plans to have a career in environmental law.
"I came to VLS because, even after my visit in January with the campus covered in feet of white snow and the coldest temperatures this Florida-girl had ever set foot in, I fell in love. I loved the people I met, the class I attended, the professors I met, and the community I would come to call home. It also helps that it's home to the number one program in environmental law in the country. And I didn't know it when I first visited, but the soups and hot lunches at the school café are reason enough to join the VLS family!"
Katie Thomas '13
Katie currently serves on the Smart Grid Team in the Institute for Energy and the Environment. She is working on her JD, Master in Environmental Law and Policy, and a Certificate in Energy Law. She graduated magna cum laude from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2009 with a BA in political science and minors in Spanish and environmental studies. Katie attended college on a full-ride competitive debate scholarship and was the only female on her team. During college she co-organized a campaign to pass a green fee that established a fund for renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects on campus. After college she spent a year working first for the U.S. Student Public Interest Research Group in St. Louis, Missouri, and then for a company that sells and installs renewable energy systems in eight states in the Midwest. At VLS, she serves as the GLBT Alliance cochair and is active in the Vermont chapter of 350.org, an organization fighting climate change. Katie grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado. When Katie graduates she hopes to get a job fighting climate change in the public or nonprofit sector in the energy field.
"I came to Vermont Law School for a classroom and experiential education in energy law."