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Vermont Law and Graduate School

Vermont Law and Graduate School
P.O. Box 96
South Royalton, VT 05068

Law School Pro Bono Programs

Contact Information

Matthew Houde
Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
[email protected]

Category Type

Independent Student Pro Bono Group Projects with no school-wide program   

Description of Programs   

Location of Programs

Office of Career Services   



Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

While the faculty has not adopted a formal policy regarding an annual expectation of pro bono service, full-time faculty members are expected to provide service to members of the broader community, which can, and often does, include provision of pro bono services - typically in association with affiliated agencies or nonprofit groups.   


The Student Bar Association recognizes a student each year for his or her contributions to pro bono/public service at the school.

At the annual Awards Ceremony, Vermont Law and Graduate School recognizes numerous students for their accomplishments, including the recipient of the National Association of Women Lawyers Award, which is given to a graduate who has contibuted to the advancement of women in society and promotes issues and concerns of women in the legal profession.

The Kempner Award is named after former Vermont Law School Dean Maximilian W. Kempner. Max Kempner holds the profession and its members to the highest standards of competence, integrity, respect, fair mindedness, and public service. The award is given each year to the graduating student who throughout his or her law school career best exemplifies these attributes.

Luncheon and video scroll of all "scholarship", which includes pro bono and/or public interest service.

Vermont Law and Graduate School recognizes and celebrates students who receive external awards for their public interest efforts, including Schweitzer Fellows and Vermont Campus Compact Award recipients.

Alternative Winter or Spring Break Projects


Law School Public Interest Programs

Contact Information

Elijah Gleason
Interim Director of Career Services
[email protected]
(802) 831-1243
Office of Career Services

Certificate/Curriculum Programs  

Public Interest Centers

Recognizing the critical impact of energy policy on environmental values, Vermont Law School launched America's first law school institute focused on the energy-environment connection in 2005.

Land Use Institute - Vermont Law School established the Land Use Institute to address issues of growth and land stewardship, which are central to planning debates in Vermont and across the nation. Established in 2005, the Institute will examine pressing topics facing communities and municipal administrators, including sprawl, "smart growth," and big box stores, through scholarship and courses, public presentations, and the provision of land use expertise to appropriate agencies.

Environmental Law Center - Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center offers one of the top environmental law and policy programs in the country. The mission of the Environmental Law Center is to educate for stewardship and an understanding of underlying environmental issues and values. An environmental professional must understand that sound environmental policy is formed at the intersection of politics, law, science, economics, and ethics.

In the Environmental Law program students explore the ethical basis for environmental policy, develop a knowledge of ecological concepts, and consider both international issues, and standards and processes embodied in U.S. environmental law. Students learn political, cultural, institutional, and scientific mechanisms which shape environmental policy, as well as recognize the role and effects of hazard, risk, and uncertainty in policy development.

Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center produces graduates who serve as policy analysts, environmental managers, lawyers, and community leaders throughout the world.

PI Career Support Center

There is a spring on-campus interview program that focuses on public interest and governmental employers in New Hampshire and Vermont.

We produced and sold The Guide to State Court Judicial Clerkship Procedures which raised approximately $15,000 for summer public interest fellowships.

We featured speakers from the EPA - OGC, DOJ, New York AG's, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, EPA - Region 1, and Vermont Legal Aid (these speakers were different than our panels which also featured a number of speakers from the public interest world).

We held a Judical Clerkships Workshop; a Spring Employers Panel, which featured representatives from non-profits and government agencies in VT and NH discussing interview and application process; an Environmental Non-Profits Panel; an International Human Rights law panel; a Summer Funding Opportunities Workshop; an Alternative Careers Panel, which featured employers from 3 non-profits; and a Public Interest Legal Careers workshop.   

Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)

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