Vermont Law School

Vermont Law School offers students the opportunity to earn both a JD degree and a Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL) degree in three years, the period of time traditionally required to earn the JD degree alone. To earn both degrees on this accelerated schedule, JD/MERL students are permitted to count up to nine credits of energy and environmental course work toward both degrees. In addition, MERL students take classes in the VLS Summer Session and/or pursue an externship during the summers after their first and second years.
The JD/MERL degree program responds to the rapid growth of the alternative energy sector as well as the environmental problems associated with traditional energy production. The emergence of a smart electric grid and the prospects for electrifying the transportation sector are revolutionizing the energy field. The JD/MERL program provides students with practical training in public advocacy and writing for a legal policy audience, opportunities for independent research with support from faculty, and externships at organizations around the country and the world.