At Vermont Law and Graduate School, learning is geared toward purpose and action.
VLGS academic programs combine a solid foundation in law and policy with a focus on one or several areas of specialization. Practical, real-world experience gained through work in legal clinics and externships enables students to hone their expertise and match their talents to their passions.
Learning happens everywhere: on campus—in classrooms, conference rooms, the library, and in dinner seminars—and off campus in—courtrooms, client offices, town meetings, mediation sessions, depositions, and legislative hearing rooms. It's a learning environment driven by students who are more intent on collaboration than on competition.
Vermont Law and Graduate School’s academic programs are designed to transform legal expertise and skills into tools of consequence. Faculty members, renowned legal scholars, and practitioners deliver an extensive course catalog that features the most environmental law courses of any law school in the United States. The top-ranked Environmental Law Center prepares students for leadership through practice in specialized institutes and clinics. International programs allow students to broaden their understanding of global policy and law and test the waters of legal practice outside the U.S. the Julien and Virginia Cornell Library, one of the nation’s best environmental law resources, support students and faculty as they learn and practice.
Vermont Law and Graduate School is a different kind of law school, and one important reason rests with our community. Students fish on the White River between classes in the summer. They hold dinner parties, brew their own beer, and hear firsthand from the governor of Vermont about the importance of making changes to the criminal justice system.
Like Vermont itself, the community at Vermont Law and Graduate School is small and deeply engaged. It's a passionate group of faculty, students, and staff who care about both their neighbors and changing the world. The community includes our alumni, who share a common bond and love for this small town in Vermont though they may be scattered across the nation and abroad. They look out for each other, help current students find work and internships, and retain a commitment to changing the world and their neighborhoods.
It takes many parts to make our community work. Our campus is deeply committed to sound, sustainable environmental practices is one part of it. Here you'll find compostable toilets and a solar-powered electric vehicle charger available for use.
Our values and commitment to equality-for-all also play a part. On Town Meeting Day, the school closes to allow students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to participate in this important New England democratic tradition.
Finally, the place itself—and a love for and engagement with the outdoors—fosters the communal experience. We take a moment to connect with each other and our surroundings. Whether it's hiking nearby Kent's Ledge, or visiting the gear shed to borrow cross-country skis, snow shoes, and canoes. When the weather is at its worst, the new state-of-the-art fitness center offers equipment and group fitness classes including yoga, guided meditation, and spinning.