The Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is a student-run organization that publishes articles on topics in the environmental field quarterly. The Journal has adopted a broad view of the environmental field, and is interested in environmental matters at the local, state, federal, and international levels. The Journal accepts submissions of varying lengths from academics, practitioners, students, and other writers throughout the year. The Vermont Journal of Environmental Law was founded in 1996 with support from Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center.
In addition to publishing articles, the Journal has partnered with the Environmental Law Center since 2010 to produce the Top Ten Environmental Watch List. The Watch List is both a retrospective and prospective list in that it includes the top environmental law issues of the current year and predicts how those issues may play out in the coming year. The ten issues are chosen by the Environmental Law Center faculty at Vermont Law School based on the significance to the environment, the impact on the public well-being, and whether key developments are expected in the coming year. Each faculty member then partners with a second-year staff editor to research and write an article.
With support from Vermont Law School faculty, staff, and the Environmental Law Center, the Journal organizes an annual symposium on an environmental law and policy issue. Each symposium is an opportunity for nationally and internationally recognized experts to meet, debate, and exchange ideas. In addition, each symposium is a unique opportunity for students, practitioners, and policy makers to discuss environmental law and policy with some of the field’s leading figures. In recent years, the symposium has qualified for CLE credits for Vermont and New Hampshire attorneys.