Since 1978, Vermont Law School has offered the largest and highest-rated graduate environmental law program in the country. VLS offers more degrees, more certificates, more faculty, and more research centers than any other school focused on environmental law. And our extraordinarily well-connected network of alumni is shaping environmental law and policy at the highest levels—in areas like land use, pollution control, fisheries management, and carbon sequestration—across industries, government, and the nonprofit sector.

Vermont 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. We support such a broad curriculum because we believe the next generation of environmental leaders will need a very large toolbox. An entire generation of law and policy students will go on to face potentially catastrophic environmental challenges like disrupted weather patterns, food and water scarcity, sea-level rise, species migration, and much more that we can't now anticipate. But Vermont Law students are different: They know that right now is a critical time to make a difference in the world, and that Vermont Law School will ensure they're up to the challenge.

Our environmental program is administered and taught by faculty who are national and international leaders in their fields: a co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Counsel, experts who routinely testify in the Vermont State House and before the U.S. Congress, and attorneys who aren't afraid to take a precedent-setting issue before the bench. Led by Environmental Law Center Director Melissa Scanlan, these scholars and practitioners know what it's like to be outgunned and under-resourced with only creativity, intellect, and a nuanced understanding of the law on their side. 

For the past six years, our environmental law program has been ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report, and since 1991 has never ranked lower than No. 2. We have planted a flag here for a simple reason: because you can't solve the world's problems without educating the world's problem-solvers.​​

​Almost every issue bears on ​the environment in some way, and some of the most critical issues are ones we don't even think of as environmental—political reform, social justice, and equity.​​”​

Gus Speth,Professor of Law