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VT Law Launches ‘Pathways’ with Community College of VT, Johnson State

March 13, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE —
CONTACT: Peter Glenshaw, Director of Communications, Vermont Law School
Office: 802-831-1318, cell: 603-738-8487, home: 603-795-4764, pglenshaw@vermontlaw.edu

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt., March 13, 2014—Vermont Law School (VLS) has entered into an agreement with Community College of Vermont (CCV) and Johnson State College (JSC) to make higher education more affordable and accessible for Vermonters through a new program, “Pathways to Law and Policy for Vermonters,” launching this spring.

Designed to develop the next generation of leaders in law and policy, the Pathways program will help students at CCV and JSC explore their options to earn either a master’s or a JD degree from Vermont Law early in their academic career, and to prepare them for the challenges of graduate study. The program will provide intensive academic support as well as financial incentives for enrolled students, including a $15,000 annual scholarship for scholars who matriculate into Vermont Law and maintain good academic standing.

“Our partnership with Johnson State and Community College of Vermont will open doors for many students who otherwise may not realize their full potential as law and policy leaders,” said Cheryl Hanna, vice president for external relations at Vermont Law, rated No. 1 in the nation for environmental law for an unprecedented six consecutive years. “It puts our promise into action – we are committed to developing a generation of leaders who use the power of the law to make a difference in their communities and the world – right in our backyard.”

As part of the Pathways agreement, Vermont Law will provide a faculty advisor who will assist CCV and JSC in admitting students into the program and mentor accepted students. The students, or Pathways Scholars, will be invited to attend lectures, receptions and other events at Vermont Law, which will cover transportation costs, and may audit a summer course free of charge. Students who successfully complete the program may then enroll in one of Vermont Law’s master’s degree programs through an expedited application process, or in the JD program, provided the student has a qualifying LSAT score.

“We are pleased to offer our students this exciting new opportunity to achieve their educational and career goals,” said Johnson State College President Barbara Murphy, adding that the Pathways program “will position our graduates for leadership roles in law and policy, opening doors to rewarding careers in Vermont and beyond.”

Community College of Vermont President Joyce Judy looks forward to seeing CCV students take advantage of the program.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students, who can concentrate their studies in any subject as they prepare for Pathways,” Judy said. “Law and policy is such a diverse field, and I look forward to seeing the direction our students will take. I’ve no doubt they will go far as leaders.”

For more information about Pathways to Law and Policy for Vermonters, contact Cheryl Hanna at Vermont Law School, 802-831-1282 or channa@vermontlaw.edu; Dan Regan, academic dean at Johnson State College, daniel.regan@jsc.edu or 802-635-1242; or Linda Gabrielson, academic dean at Community College of Vermont, linda.gabrielson@ccv.edu or 802-828-2850.

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Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, has the top-ranked environmental law program and one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service; two Master’s Degrees (Master of Environmental Law and Policy, and Master of Energy Regulation and Law), and three post-JD degrees—LLM in American Legal Studies (for foreign-trained lawyers), LLM in Energy Law, and LLM in Environmental Law. The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center, the South Royalton Legal Clinic, and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. For more information, visit www.vermontlaw.edu, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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