Vermont Law School will continue with virtual classes during the fall semester. The physical campus will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. VLS community members should check their email for more information. Please visit vermontlaw.edu/covid19 for general information, resources, and updates.
Vermont Law School students may pursue specialized concentrations in Business Law, Climate Law, Criminal Law, Energy Law, Food and Agriculture Law, General Practice, Land Use Law, and Water Resources Law. Concentrations are a tangible indication that students have mastered a specific subject matter area. VLS also offers a concentration in International and Comparative Law. Concentration declaration forms are available here.
Vermont Law School offers JD students the option to add a concentration to their degree. For more information on courses required to complete a concentration, please visit one of the concentration pages listed below.
The Concentration in Business Law addresses the legal issues faced by start-up and well-established businesses. A combination of required and elective courses allows students to focus in on business concerns that align with their broader interests.
The Concentration in Criminal Law provides students with broad-based, comprehensive training in the law and skills needed to become prosecutors, defenders, or to practice criminal law in a private firm setting. It is easily compatible with other requirements.
The Concentration in Food and Agriculture Law covers sustainable agriculture and food and the connections these systems have to the environment, energy, human and animal health, labor, and climate change.
The Concentration in General Practice provides students with simulation-based experiential courses taught by practicing attorneys who are expert in their fields, emphasizing a hands-on, practical skills approach to learning. There are no exams or textbooks.
Earning a concentration in International and Comparative Law from Vermont Law School demonstrates a committed focus on international law. Program graduates have the skills and substantive knowledge to play a strong role in international firms, international organizations, NGOs and government agencies.