​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Consider electrification, and you’ll quickly understand the complexity of energy and the environment.​

Access to reliable electricity correlates with good public health and economic success, yet nearly 25 percent of the world’s population lives without electricity. Another third has limited access. The 600 million of us who have abundant electricity keep finding ways to use more. It’s no wonder that demand for electricity is increasing at a staggering rate.

Energy generation and consumption, however, is also the world’s largest source of pollution and cause of environmental degradation. Energy policy has become the single most important influence on environmental protection. Conversely, efforts to protect and manage the environment pose the greatest constraint on energy.

Vermont Law School courses and clinics consider the relationship between energy and the environment in the context of its legal, scientific, commercial and human implications. Further expertise is gained through engagement with the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) on real world energy law and policy issues.

The Institute for Energy and the Environment is a national and world energy policy resource with an advanced energy law and policy curriculum focused on the energy policy of the future. The institute serves as a center for graduate research on energy issues with an environmental awareness and recently established a year-round student-staffed energy clinic, which works on legal and business models for community energy development. Students learn how to work with and improve America’s legal system in order to help humanity meet the challenge of energy issues. The IEE is working on client-focused projects exploring energy security and justice, barriers to the integration of renewable energy resources, how smart grid technologies can enhance both efficiency and expand the electrification of transportation, and data privacy issues related to customer solar and energy efficiency information.

 

 

Agriculture & Food Systems | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/agriculture-food-systemsAgriculture & Food Systems | Vermont LawFood is a basic necessity of human life and a unique vehicle for change, as it is intimately tied to human health, the environment, poverty, immigration, animal welfare, law, politics, and culture, on every step of its journey from farm to plate.
Business Law | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/business-lawBusiness Law | Vermont LawA targeted suite of classes for students who want to specialize in business. Courses in corporations, securities, bankruptcy, nonprofit management, and even white collar crime are all available, as well as dispute resolution courses and clinic.
China & Southeast Asia | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/china-and-southeast-asiaChina & Southeast Asia | Vermont LawAs the challenges posed by climate change grow in urgency, the power that massive developing countries like China, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar can leverage to effect change cannot be overstated.
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Dispute Resolution | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/dispute-resolutionDispute Resolution | Vermont LawIn an increasingly complex world, dispute resolution offers a way to find solutions that allow all parties to move forward without entering a courtroom.
Energy Law Specializationhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/energy-lawEnergy Law SpecializationVermont Law School courses and clinics consider the relationship between energy and the environment in the context of its legal, scientific, commercial and human implications.
Environmental Law | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/environmental-lawEnvironmental Law | Vermont LawVermont Law School offers a multidisciplinary array of environmental courses in law, policy, science, economics, and ethics to students studying for any one of our degrees or certificates.
General Practice | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/general-practiceGeneral Practice | Vermont Law
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Land Use Law | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/land-use-lawLand Use Law | Vermont LawIncluding smart growth principles, ecological planning, affordable housing, flood hazard mitigation, energy and land use regulatory decision-making, permitting processes, and land conservation strategies.
Legal Writing | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/legal-writingLegal Writing | Vermont Law
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Tax Law and Policy | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/tax-law-and-policyTax Law and Policy | Vermont LawWe know that improving the environment requires changing the way we run our businesses, use our resources, and act as citizens. But how do we actually make that change occur?
Technology & Legal Innovation | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/technology-legal-innovationTechnology & Legal Innovation | Vermont LawDigital technologies create a wealth of new possibilities around how we define, deliver, and teach law. What does government become as legislation and regulation open to digital means of access and participation?
Water Resources Law | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/water-resources-lawWater Resources Law | Vermont LawLearn about local, national, and global efforts to secure water supplies through research, education, and policy development. Focus on water law, environmental justice, and policy initiatives to further wise, judicious use of water as a public resource.

"The energy curriculum at VLS was invaluable in providing me with an understanding of legal principals of energy and telecommunications regulation.  As a result of this knowledge, I was able to contribute immediately upon my arrival and have had a chance to take a lead in brief writing, cross examining witnesses during hearings and policy development. Where the energy curriculum provided me with the concrete skills I needed, my time at the ​IEE taught me how to work in a collaborative legal/regulatory environment."​​​


Graham Jesmer

Assistant Counsel, 

New York Public Service Commission