The Community and the World
Law is part of the machinery that enables societies to function and govern themselves—and it is one of the most effective pathways to change. The faculty and students at Vermont Law School take every opportunity to get involved with important issues and effect positive changes on many levels. VLS takes pride in producing responsible citizens who work for the public good, whether in private practice, government, or NGOs.
In our South Royalton Legal Clinic and through our focus on public interest law, we work with members of the local community to resolve problems of housing, property, immigration, and civil rights. Participants in our Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic have worked to protect wildlife, rivers, and tribal sites throughout the country. On an even broader scale, we are tackling intergenerational rights issues through our Climate Legacy Initiative, environmental and energy issues through our partnership with Sun Yat-sen University to "green" South China, and land use and planning issues through our Land Use Institute.
VLS was recently ranked among the nation's top 20 law schools for graduates pursing careers in public service. Whether in community-based or global organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank, our alumni work as environmental litigators and protection specialists, legislators, housing advocates, energy experts, domestic violence opponents, health law activists, and land conservationists.
VLS students and faculty often focus on resolving local problems that affect local people. The Land Use Institute, for instance, helps local officials to navigate the complexity of the planning process.
We have worked with countries such as Russia and China to help improve legal services and environmental protection, and we also focus on worldwide issues such as climate change, conservation of natural resources, and conservation of energy.