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Vermont Law School’s environmental program best in nation for the 13th time


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SOUTH ROYALTON , VT –– U.S. News & World Report again has ranked Vermont Law School ’s environmental law program as the best in the nation. The 2011 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools appears on on Thursday, April 15, and on newsstands on Tuesday, April 27.

“I’m gratified at this recognition of the depth and breadth of our environmental curriculum, clinic and institutes,” said Associate Professor Marc Mihaly, director of the school’s Environmental Law Center (ELC). “Our success reflects the dedication of our environmental faculty and our wonderful community of students who over the years have populated key legal and policy positions in government, non-profits, law firms and corporations with a strong positive environmental direction.”

Vermont Law School has placed first 13 times since the U.S. News environmental specialty rankings began in 1991, including the past two consecutive years, and has never placed lower than second. To develop its specialty rankings, U.S. News asked legal educators to identify the top programs.

The ELC offers the largest and deepest selection of environmental law courses in the nation. The multidisciplinary program in law, policy, science and ethics attracts law and graduate students, lawyers, government officials, teachers, scientists and citizen activists. Since its creation in 1978, the ELC has trained people to be environmental leaders in government, nonprofits, corporations and private practice — locally, nationally, and internationally.

The ELC administers the Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) degree program for lawyers and non-lawyers and the Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law, a post-Juris Doctor degree for experienced attorneys who seek to specialize.

Vermont Law School offers clinical, research and experiential environmental programs through the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, the Institute for Energy and the Environment, the Land Use Institute, the Environmental Tax Policy Institute, the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law, and the Environmental Semester in Washington .

The ELC’s Summer Session participants learn the legal and scientific underpinnings of environmental policy and explore major environmental issues with national experts in a collaborative setting. The Summer Session offers a broad curriculum, a Visiting Distinguished Environmental Scholars program and a lecture series that features summer faculty members, distinguished summer scholars and environmental summer media fellows speaking about current issues in their fields.

“We’re very pleased that Vermont Law School has retained its number-one environmental ranking,” said Dean Jeff Shields. “The rankings also show that we do very well in other important areas of comparison, including our 13.5 student/faculty ratio and our 95.2% employment rate at nine months after graduation.”

Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, is the nation’s top- ranked environmental law school, according to U.S. News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor (JD) curriculum that emphasizes public service, a Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) degree for lawyers and nonlawyers, and two post-JD degrees, the Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law and the LLM in American Legal Studies (for international students). The school also features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center and the South Royalton Legal Clinic. For more information, visit

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