Law and Graduate Programs

Vermont Law School
Royalton, VT


Details at a Glance

  • School Type

  • Application Fee

  • Average In-State Tuition

  • Average Out-of-State Tuition

  • Financial Aid Available


Degrees Offered

JD Degree
Master of Arts in Restorative Justice
Master of Environmental Law & Policy
Master of Food & Agricultural Law & Policy
Master of Energy Regulation & Law

Our Program

We are dedicated to developing a generation of leaders who use the power of the law to make a difference in their communities and the world.

Vermont Law School is an independent, private, ABA-Accredited law and graduate school. VLS is the premier environmental law school in the U.S., offering more courses in the field than any other law school. The school offers a Juris Doctor degree that can be completed in two years (accelerated), three years (traditional), or in a reduced residency format. VLS has three environmental Master's degrees which include a Master of Environmental Law and Policy, Master of Food and Agriculture Law and Policy, and a Master of Energy Regulation and Law. Additionally, VLS is the only law school to offer a Master of Arts in Restorative Justice and a Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice. The Center for Justice Reform was created to train students and criminal justice professionals to tackle the deficiencies in our criminal justice system with the aim of meaningful criminal justice reform.

From its founding, VLS has consistently attracted students and faculty with a passion for service, a concern for justice, and an interest in pursuing legal education as a means to make a difference in the world. More than half of our students enroll in experiential or clinical programs. The current student body represents nearly every U.S. state and over a dozen countries. VLS grads work in government, nonprofit, private commerce, education and other fields nationally and globally.


  • Application Fee



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  • checkbox-altPersonal Statement
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  • checkbox-altThe LSAT Exam is required for JD degree options.
  • checkbox-altNo standardized tests are required for the Master's degrees and Professional Certificate.
  • checkbox-altTOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score is required of all students for whom English is not the primary language spoken. Applicants who have studied in the U.S. or at an English-speaking institution for more than two years may be waived from this requirement.

Application Deadline

On-Campus Programs

Summer Start: March 1

Fall Start Priority: April 15; Space Available: July 15

Online Programs

Online programs have multiple starts per year. Please inquire for details.

Student Body

  • Total Students

    pound660 Students


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Clubs & Associations

Student-led organizations are an integral part of the Vermont Law School experience. A majority of students participate in one of the many clubs and organizations that focus on community service, governance, affinity, special interest and advocacy, extra and co-curricular, and sports and recreation. You can find a list of students groups here:

What Our Students Say

  • Vermont Law School's environmental curriculum, small class sizes and outside learning opportunities has equipped me with the knowledge and skills to be an environmental policy maker, but what truly makes VLS special is the caring community of students, faculty and staff.

    Bailey Grebbin, Master of Environmental Law and Policy ‘19
  • At VLS you’re surrounded by leaders who see a problem and ask themselves, ‘What am I going to do about this?’ The school encourages involvement.

    Tamara Toles, JD/MSEL ‘09
  • Students are supportive of one another here in a way that I would challenge any other law school to even come close to—and they’re committed to their ideals in a way that makes working and studying a lot easier.

    Blake Johnson, JD ‘11

Tuition & Financial Aid

  • Average In-State Tuition

  • Average Out-of-State Tuition


Additional Information

  • checkbox-altWork-study Programs Available
  • checkbox-altFinancial Aid Available
  • checkbox-altApplication Fee Waivers Available
  • checkbox-altMaster's Tuition: $42,000
  • checkbox-alt9 Credit Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice $5,400
  • checkbox-altMerit and need based scholarships are available for the Masters and JD degree students