​​​​​​​​​​An integral part of the master's, LLM, and ​joint degree programs is gaining real world experience through externships. Our students explore environmental law, science, and policy in a wide variety of settings both locally and worldwide. Activities may include counseling, drafting regulations and legislation, preparing legal memoranda, drafting or commenting on environmental or land use plans, and fieldwork related to wetlands, endangered species, and other natural resource management and preservation issues.

Student Resources

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Contract Form Deadlines for 2015-2016​ Externships

Vermont Law School Residential Students

Summer 2016Friday, May 27th, 2016
Fall 2016Friday, August 26th, 2016​
Spring 2017Friday, January 6th, 2017​

Distance Learning Students

Summer 2016, Term 1Friday, April 29th, 2016
Summer 2016, Term 2Friday, June 24th 2016
Fall 2016, Term 1Friday, August 26th, 2016
Fall 2016, Term 2Friday, October 21st, 2016
Spring 2017, Term 1Friday, January 6th, 2017
Spring 2017, Term 2Friday, March 3rd, 2017
Summer 2017, Term 1Friday, April 28, 2017
​Summer 2017, Term 2​Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Northeastern University School of Law Students

Summer 2016Friday, May 27th, 2016
Fall 2016Friday, August 26th, 2016
Winter 2016Friday, November 25th, 2016
Spring 2017Friday, January 6th, 2017

Recent Externships

Recent master’s degree students earned credit while working as interns for the following organizations:

  • American Wind Energy Association
  • Center for Biological Diversity
  • Embassy of Canada–Environment and Energy Section
  • Executive Office of the President of the United States
  • Food and Water Watch
  • Marine Fish Conservation Network
  • Navajo Nation Department of Justice
  • NOAA Office of the General Counsel for International Law
  • The Greater Yellowstone Coalition
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • United Nations Environment Program
  • United States Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor
  • Vermont Department of Agriculture
  • Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Worldwatch Institute


Students interested in First Nations environmental law might pursue externships at intertribal organizations such as the National Tribal Environmental Council or the National Congress of American Indians.

Students design their own MELP Externships with the advice and consent of a Faculty Supervisor. Each internship is carefully defined in a contract with the sponsoring organization. Contract Forms are completed by the student in accordance with the guidelines for MELP and LLM Externships in the Academic Regulations. Externship Contracts must meet the approval of the Externship Director of the Environmental Law Center and the faculty member supervising the internship.