Vermont Law School, located on a 13 acre campus in central Vermont, is a private law school that was founded in 1973. VLS is accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar of the American Bar Association, and is a member of the American Association of Law Schools.
Approximately 600 students are currently enrolled at VLS, and the school offers degrees that include the Juris Doctor (JD), master of laws in American legal studies (LLM), master of laws in environmental law (LLW), master of environmental law and policy (MELP), master of studies in environmental law (MSEL) and a combined JD/MELP degree. VLS has partnerships with a variety of national and international universities to create dual degree programs. These partnerships include Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (MELP/master of business administration), Thunderbird School of Global Management (JD/masters of business administration), Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (JD/Master of Environmental Management), University of South Dakota (MELP/JD), Northeastern University School of Law (MELP/JD), the University of South Carolina (MELP/JD) and the University of Vermont Rubenstein School of Natural Resources.
VLS has one of the top environmental law programs in the country, and offers more environmental law classes than any other law school in the United States. VLS established the Environmental Law Center in 1978, which trains students to become environmental leaders in nonprofits, government, private practice and corporations. The Environmental Law Center houses specialized programs, research, institutes, and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. Important issues such as global warming, environmental taxation, sustainable development and environmental law and policy are addressed at the clinic, and clinic participants have the opportunity to litigate actual cases in these areas.
The student body at VLS is comprised of students that come from across the country, and the world, and have a concern for justice, are passionate about public service, a desire to receive a legal education and a determination to make a difference in the world. VLS is known as an entrepreneurial community consisting of students and legal scholars and practitioners that regularly work together on advocacy work. The programs at VLS combine challenging academics and experiential learning, and benefit students that plan on working in nonprofit and public sectors, and in private practices. Students learn the fundamentals of law and also have the opportunity to customize their education to develop skills in the areas that they wish to practice.
The International and Comparative Law Programs at VLS give students the chance to study abroad and participate in international law externships in the U.S. as well as globally. VLS offers clinical and externship programs that provide students with the opportunity to see first-hand what lawyers do. Students have two types of opportunities to participate in clinical practices. These are in house external clinics. The in house clinics are public interest law offices that are located at VLS, and represent actual clients. The external clinics are a combination of on-campus teaching, and experiences in placements in the Vermont community. The external clinics give students the chance to practice in challenging venues outside of the law school. JD externship programs at VLS offer students the opportunity to receive practical experience in legal and judicial locations on a part time or full time basis. The goal of the JD externship program is to offer students the chance to develop law skills, learn about substantive law and discover their priorities and values as lawyers through field experiences.
The Academic Success Program at VLS provides students with access to academic assistance. The program offers skill building workshops, advising, mentoring and resources hat include bar preparation materials, program updates, an exam bank, and CALI lessons. The faculty at VLS is also available to assist students with reaching their academic and career goals.
Students interested in becoming involved in activities outside of the classroom can participate in VLS’s organizations and activities that include community service, the Student Bar Association, student groups and sports and recreational opportunities.
Annual tuition for the JD program is $45,207, and annual tuition for masters programs is $39,554.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:N/A
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