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JD/MERL (Master of Energy Regulation and Law)

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Energy laws impact everyone. Fight for change in our nation’s energy policies and ensure that traditional and alternative energy companies alike comply with state and federal regulations.

Curriculum and Requirements

Degree requirements

Students complete the JD curriculum, choosing from a select number of courses that will apply toward their MERL requirements listed below.

  • 30-credit program (including required courses)
  • Vermont Law MERL required courses: 12 credits
  • Vermont Law MERL project/writing requirement courses (2 to 10 credits)
  • Vermont Law energy electives (6 credits)
  • Quinnipiac Law courses (from approved course list): up to 9 credits
  • Students can choose Vermont Law electives to complete the 30 credit requirement
  • Joint degree students cannot receive either degree until they have met the requirements for both

Quinnipiac School of Law approved courses

Credits from these QU Law courses can be used toward the MERL portion of the dual degree:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Administrative Law
  • Negotiation
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Land Use Planning

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the dual-degree program, students first must be admitted to Quinnipiac University School of Law. Once admitted to Quinnipiac, JD/MERL applicants then can apply to the Vermont Law MERL program during their first year of law school at Quinnipiac. The MERL application deadline is March 15.

Important note: Prior to starting the MERL application process, students should contact the associate dean for academic affairs at Quinnipiac School of Law.