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Ranked the #1 environmental law program in the country by U.S. News and World Report 16 times since the ranking began in 1991, Vermont Law School is the pinnacle institution of environmental law studies. Founded in 1972, VLS prepares students to pursue careers in law firms and organizations in government, private, judiciary, and public-interest settings on national and international levels. The VLS Environmental Law Center, founded in 1978, offers the largest graduate environmental law program in the country.

VLS offers two online programs for our world’s increasingly complex environmental issues:

  • The online Master of Environmental Law and Policy for both lawyers and non-lawyers equips students with the knowledge to become experts in environmental affairs, and agents of change for their organization and community.
  • The online LLM in Environmental Law helps post-JD attorneys specialize in practicing environmental law so they can help shape global environmental law and policy.


Vermont Law School’s master’s degree programs are regionally accredited by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Vermont Law School’s JD program is approved by The American Bar Association (ABA).

Master of Environmental Law and Policy

LLM in Environmental Law

Vermont Law School offers two online degrees in environmental law. The Master of Environmental Law and Policy degree is designed for lawyers and non-lawyers from a variety of professional backgrounds. The LLM in Environmental Law is designed for post-JD attorneys wishing to specialize in environmental law. Our online environmental law degrees equip you with the expertise needed to address the increasingly challenging environmental, health, and safety issues in the nonprofit, public, and private sector. These degrees will give you a deep knowledge and understanding of the policies and laws shaping global environmental solutions and prepare you as a real-world agent of change.

  • 100% online
  • Complete in just 18 months
  • #1 ranked environmental law program

As a student, you will experience a vibrant educational environment, interacting with and learning from our expert faculty of the world's leading environmental advocates, legal scholars, and practitioners. Vermont Law School's environmental law program has been at the forefront of the field since 1978 and has been ranked #1 by U.S. News and World Report 16 times since the ranking began in 1991. It holds the distinction of being the only program of its kind available online and offered from the top environmental law school in the country.

Typical alumni careers:
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Nonprofit Manager
  • Project Specialist
  • Technician/Scientist

"VLS is an amazing place. There is a breadth of professional knowledge and experience that can lead you where you want to go.”
— Leigh Henry, MELP Class of ‘98, Senior Policy Advisor, World Wildlife Fund


"VLS really opened the door for me. I use all the principles I studied at VLS on a daily basis. I'm proud to say I'm from VLS.”
— Marc Santora, MELP Class of ‘03, Program Analyst, US EPA


"After studying at VLS, I'm at the center of a triangle that has business, science, and law at the corners and energy at the center. This is a unique place to be, and I'm doing some meaningful work in energy policy because of it. I love where I am in my career."
— Keith Dennis, MELP Class of ‘05, Lead Energy Project, US Dept. of Energy


"This job with the National Audubon Society is the exact realization of my goal when I started the LLM: a job with a wildlife nonprofit protecting and preserving the animals of the Everglades."
— Jane Graham, LLM Class of ‘10, Policy Associate, National Audubon Society


"Understanding the scientific background is really important when you are practicing environmental law. In water pollution, air pollution, and endangered species cases, scientific knowledge is essential, and I have more experience with these issues than a typical graduating law student because of the lessons I learned during my time at VLS."
— William S. Eubanks II, LLM Class of ‘08, Associate Attorney, Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal