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Vermont Law and Graduate School

Vermont Law and Graduate School

Vermont Law and Graduate School

Introduction

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.

Community

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.

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Application Process

To be considered for admission into Vermont Law and Graduate School's Master’s and JD programs, you must have completed a degree program equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling. For the LLM programs, you must have completed a JD degree from an ABA-accredited institution or the international first law degree equivalent prior to enrolling.

Required Documents

JD Programs

  • Professional Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Required Essay
  • Official LSAT Score
  • Official Transcript Evaluation through LSAC
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Character and Fitness Information
  • Official English Language score report (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE)

LLM Programs

  • Professional Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Required Essay
  • Official Transcript Evaluation from all schools attended through LSAC
  • Two letters of Recommendation
  • Official English Language Score Report (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE)

Masters Programs

  • Professional Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Required Essay
  • Official Transcript Evaluation from all schools attended
  • Character and Fitness Information
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Official English Language Score Report (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE)

How to apply

Applicants to our JD and LLM programs are required to apply through LSAC.org. For more information on applying through LSAC as an LLM, please visit the Application Process for LLM and Other Law Programs. Master's applicants must use the VLGS Web Application.

English Proficiency

English language proficiency is required to ensure success while studying at a U.S. higher education institution. Vermont Law and Graduate School requires a language exam for all students for whom English is not their primary language spoken. Vermont Law and Graduate School accepts the following language exams to provide sufficient evidence of English language proficiency. When requesting your electronic scores to Vermont Law and Graduate School use the code 3946.

  • TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum score required: 100
  • IELTS: International English Language Testing System. Minimum score required: 6.5
  • PTE: Pearson Test of English. Minimum score required: 68

The English language proficiency requirement is not required for applicants who have completed two years of study from a higher education institution where English is the dominant and official language, or their country of citizenship is a country whose official language is English. Vermont Law and Graduate School reserves the right to request proof of English language proficiency for any applicant.

Applicants may request an English language proficiency waiver. The waiver process requires a Skype interview with a member of the admissions team. The granting of a waiver is at the discretion of the Office of Admissions and additional proof of language proficiency may be required.

All official score reports should be mailed in the original sealed envelope to the Vermont Law and Graduate School Office of Admissions

All English Language Proficiency requests should be directed to International Admissions and Services.

Visa Requirements

Incoming international students who wish to study at Vermont Law and Graduate School should request an F-1 Student Visa. An F-1 Student Visa is a non-immigrant visa status that allows you to study full-time at a SEVIS-approved institution. All incoming international students who wish to study on an F-1 student visa will be issued a Form I-20. Form I-20 is a non-immigration document that is required to achieve your student visa.

As an incoming F-1 Student and before your I-20 can be created, it is required of you to provide proof of funds for tuition, fees, and living expenses for the duration of your program of study. Vermont Law and Graduate Schools requires the completion and submission of an International Student Affidavit to document that you have sufficient financial resources to pay for and attend Vermont Law and Graduate School.

You can submit your International Student Affidavit before or after acceptance.

Along with your International Student Affidavit, the following supporting documents must be included: bank statements and/or a letter from the bank with the total amount of available funds designated for your graduate program at Vermont Law and Graduate School.

Your Student Affidavit and supporting document should be emailed directly to Brenda Caron, Program Coordinator.

Locations

  • 164 Chelsea St. PO Box 96 South Royalton, 05068, Royalton

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