This unique program, a partnership between the Quinnipiac School of Law and the Vermont Law School, will allow you to direct your passion for the environment and apply a versatile set of skills working in government, business or the nonprofit world. As climate change becomes an increasingly serious global issue and state and federal responses grow more complex, lawyers who specialize in environmental law and have a familiarity with policy and the legislative process will be attractive to employers in a diverse range of areas.
In three years you’ll receive your law degree from Quinnipiac and your master’s in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School. You'll take courses at both campuses, including Land Use Planning, Real Estate Transactions and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Our externship program offers opportunities to shadow professionals in the field and gain insight into how environmental law and policy makes an impact in the real world.
As a JD/MELP student, you’ll benefit from our extensive career development resources and a vast network of successful alumni, including those who graduated from this program and secured exciting positions with the EPA, Department of Justice, state environmental agencies, the Sierra Club and other nonprofits, and prominent law firms that specialize in environmental law.
Curriculum and Requirements
- 30-credit program (including required courses)
- Vermont Law MELP courses: 14 credits
- Vermont Law MELP externship: 7 credits
- Quinnipiac Law courses (from approved course list): up to 9 credits
- Joint degree students cannot recieve either degree until they have met the requirements for both
About the MELP externship
MELP students must participate in an approved MELP externship during their 2L summer. The externship can be scheduled anywhere in the United States or at an international location. Vermont Law has substantial resources for assisting students with arranging their MELP externships and can offer as much help as is needed or desired by the individual student. MELP externship credit is applied to the MELP portion of the dual degree only.
Quinnipiac School of Law approved courses
Credits from these QU Law courses can be used toward the MELP portion of the dual degree.
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Administrative Law
- Real Estate Transactions
- Land Use Planning
To be admitted to the dual-degree program, students first must be admitted to Quinnipiac University School of Law. Once admitted to Quinnipiac, JD/MELP applicants then can apply to the Vermont Law MELP Program during their first year of law school at Quinnipiac. The MELP application deadline is March 1.
Important note: Prior to starting the MELP application process, students should contact the associate dean for academic affairs at Quinnipiac School of Law.