​​A specialization in sports law might seem out of place at the nation's top environmental law school. But consider the impact that climate change will have on Vermont's ski industry... ​

By the middle of the 20th century, it's likely that cross-country skiing will no longer be possible in the state, and downhill skiing will be relegated to only the highest elevations, and for a much shorter season than we enjoy today. The law will play an important role in defining the future of the industry.

Consider also the number of safety, training, and enforcement protocols required in an industry that carries as much risk as does skiing. Mike O'Brien JD/MSEL '02 is associate general counsel at the University of Alaska, where he advises on a full spectrum of legal issues, including risk management at UAF's Nanook Terrain Park. He says, "The lawyer saying 'no' can be the death knell to any project involving risk ...[as a skier and ice climber] I know what the reward can be when you manage them properly."

Professor Brian Porto, director of the Sports Law Institute​, also understands those risks, and has built a curriculum that teaches students how to use the power of the law to make a difference throughout the sports world, while still fostering fun and competition on the field. Vermont Law students will look closely at issues like concussions among football players, the role that Title IX plays in intercollegiate sports, and many other wide-ranging topics like antitrust, labor, intellectual property, immigration, and criminal law. 



Accelerated JDhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/jd/accelerated-jdAccelerated JDVermont Law School’s Accelerated Juris Doctor program will save you a year’s tuition and living expenses. And you’ll enter (or re-enter) the workforce sooner.
Certificate in Business Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/certificates/certificate-in-business-lawCertificate in Business LawThe Certificate in Business Law is a formal recognition that a student has pursued a concentrated course of study in the field of business.
DispForm.aspxhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/News Items/DispForm.aspx?ID=411DispForm.aspx
Environmental Law Centerhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/ELCEnvironmental Law CenterWith the largest graduate environmental law program in the country, the ELC has always been ranked within the top two by U.S. News & World Report.
Environmental Law Centerhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/centers-and-programs/environmental-law-centerEnvironmental Law CenterWith the largest graduate environmental law program in the country, the ELC has always been ranked within the top two by U.S. News & World Report.
Juris Doctor | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/jdJuris Doctor | Vermont Law​Earning a Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School indicates dedication and commitment, not just to the legal profession, but to making an impact through the law.
Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) | Vermont Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/masters/master-of-environmental-law-and-policy-(melp)Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) | Vermont LawOffering interdisciplinary training in environmental law and policy, science, economics, and public advocacy.
Sports Law Institutehttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/centers-and-programs/sports-law-instituteSports Law InstituteServes as an educational, research, and professional vehicle for exploring connections between law and sports, engaging in original research and promoting experiential learning.