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Vermont Law School

All JD students at VLS are enrolled in a full-time day study program that begins with the fall semester. We evaluate each applicant by examining the whole person, and we admit students without consideration of their financial need. In recognition of changing economic situations in Vermont and New Hampshire, Vermont Law School has created an extended four-year enrollment option for the JD program.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 512
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 149 - 158
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.0 - 3.51
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 78.63%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 77.83%
Tuition $45,732

Overview

Overview

About Vermont Law School

All JD students at VLS are enrolled in a full-time day study program that begins with the fall semester. We evaluate each applicant by examining the whole person, and we admit students without consideration of their financial need. In recognition of changing economic situations in Vermont and New Hampshire, Vermont Law School has created an extended four-year enrollment option for the JD program.

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At a GlanceA vibrant, independent school established as a leader in environmental law and clinical training, Vermont Law School is dedicated to providing an exceptional educational community that values ethics, engagement, and public citizenship. Our mission is strengthened by our diversity, dynamic curriculum and experiential learning opportunities, prestigious faculty, excellent staff, and supportive atmosphere. Vermont Law School offers a Juris Doctor, two master's degrees, and LLM degrees in Environmental Law, Energy Law, and American Legal Studies (for foreign-trained lawyers). Our goal is to educate change agents who are guided by our motto - "Law for the community and the world" - in their careers as litigators, public interest attorneys, environmental and land use experts, civil rights advocates, and activists. The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center and the South Royalton Legal Clinic. For more information, visit www.vermontlaw.edu.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 203

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/Master of Environmental Law and Policy(MELP), 3 years total (6 regular semesters and 2 summer semesters)JD/Master of Energy Regulation and Law(MERL) 3 years total (6 regular semesters and 2 summer semesters)

Specialty Law Programs

  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 76
Full-Time Faculty 41
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 16
Part-Time Faculty 19
Faculty Gender 42% Male
57% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 15 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 50% Male
50% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 77%
Multi-racial 1%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Ethnicity Unknown 11%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $45,732 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $45,732 $45,732

Financial Aid

98% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$59,840 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 25

Incoming Class

Vermont Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 149 - 158
LSAT Total 149 - 158

Vermont Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.0 - 3.51
Total 3.0 - 3.51

Admission Requirements

Required: Undergraduate GPA, Extracurricular Activities, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Work Experience, Recommendations

Optional: Interview, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#2 Most Liberal Students

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 77%
First Time Pass Rate 79%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 81%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 60
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 78%
Average Starting Salary $47,250
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 43 27%
Firm Sized 11-25 1 1%
Firm Sized 26-50 3 1%
Firm Sized 51-100 2 1%
Business Industry 29 18%
Government 25 16%
Public Interest 27 17%
Federal Clerkship 2 1%
State Clerkship 15 9%
Academia 7 4%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 11 5%
Unemployed, Seeking 25 12%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 9 4%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NH 7%
NY 8%
VT 25%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Vermont Law School include:

  • Brian Marshall - Staff Attorney, Earth Justice in Florida- Earthjustice
  • Cindy Burns - Sr Representative High UN Commission on Refugees
  • Linda Smiddy - Professor of Law, Vermont Law School
  • Charles diLeva - Lead Environmental Counsel World Bank
  • Glenn Berger - Partner, Skadden Arps

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