The effect of fossil fuel use on our planet combined with the rise of solar, smart-grid and other sustainable technologies has made the field of energy law more complex—and more important—than ever. The unique Dual-Degree JD/Master of Energy Regulation and Law program, a partnership between the Quinnipiac School of Law and Vermont Law School, prepares you to address the many challenges facing energy regulation locally, nationally and around the world.
You'll take courses from both schools that illustrate the connections of energy with law, regulation, policy, economics and science. Our externship program offers opportunities to work directly with professionals in the field and gain insight into how energy law and policy makes an impact in the real world. You’ll enter the workforce with the knowledge and legal skillset used by energy attorneys, policymakers, analysts, and climate specialists for a range of diverse employers.
You’ll receive your JD from Quinnipiac and your MERL from Vermont Law School in as few as 3 years, giving you the benefit of significant time and cost savings. While rigorous, the program emphasizes flexibility by enabling you to complete your MERL coursework online or on the Vermont Law School campus during the summer. Moreover, you’ll have access to the same extensive career development resources enjoyed by traditional law students, including our vast network of successful alumni.
Curriculum and 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
- 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/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.