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Environmental Law and Policy and Law with Vermont School of Law, M.E.L.P. & J.D.

Joseph F. Rice School of Law

Choose a dual degree in law and environmental policy and prepare to work on the frontlines of environmental advocacy, energy and climate justice, animal law and protection and the sustainable food movement.

Combine legal knowledge with a solid foundation in environmental law and policy to make a real impact in your practice. Offered through the USC School of Law and Vermont Law School, the program will prepare you for leadership positions in government, nonprofits, corporations and private practice.

Program Highlights

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    Advanced Knowledge

    Graduate with the legal knowledge to practice environmental law or work in government, nonprofits, corporations and private practice.

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    Make an Impact

    Prepare to be a leader in environmental law and rise to meet the challenges of our time.

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    Expanded Network

    Take advantage of two great networks and the ability to differentiate yourself in a competitive job market.

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    Hybrid Format

    Earn both degrees through a combination of summer sessions in Vermont, distance learning and supervised externships.

What You’ll Study

Environmental challenges are pressing and complex. Prepare to work with environmental and public policy issues within the framework of the legal system to meet environmental challenges. Earn your USC law degree while studying the ins and outs of environmental policy via Vermont Law School, a perennial Top 5 program according to U.S. News & World Report.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Legal Knowledge

    Interpreting and applying laws and regulations to specific situations or issues


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

  • Research

    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

    Legal Writing

    Creating clear, concise and persuasive legal documents, such as contracts, briefs or pleadings


    Promoting or defending a cause or issue often using awareness, education and policy change

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Legal Analyst
  • Lawyer
  • Policy Influencer
  • Judge

Workplace Settings

  • Government
  • Public Service
  • Law
  • Politics

I would encourage a prospective student considering attending the School of Law to tour the school, if possible, to see if the environment and feel of the campus is one that they enjoy.

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Is USC Right For You?

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