Vermont Law School Ranking

Last Updated on January 19, 2023

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U.S. News & World Report today released its rankings for the Best Law Schools for 2018, recognizing Vermont Law School as No. 1 in the nation for environmental law. In the last 27 years, VLS has ranked No. 1 in environmental law 19 times and No. 2 eight times.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the faculty and staff who shepherd the innovative programs housed within our Environmental Law Center,” said VLS President and Dean Marc Mihaly. “The ranking is a result of their unwavering dedication to our students and diligence in developing curricular and clinical opportunities that prepare students, both JD and master’s, to address global environmental issues. Our alumni leave VLS ready to make a difference in areas ranging from climate change to energy to food systems.”

“Thank you to our faculty for continuing Vermont Law School’s tradition of excellence in environmental law and policy education,” said Associate Dean and ELC Director Melissa Scanlan. “Their commitment is reflected in the breadth of our courses and scholarship, in the success of our graduates, and in the practical tools and solutions they develop in our pro bono clinics while providing our students unique experiential opportunities.”

VLS established the Environmental Law Center (ELC) in 1978 and offers more than 64 courses related to the environment and environmental law, more than any other law school in the United States. The school’s environmental clinics include the Energy Clinic, Food and Agriculture Clinic, and Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. The VLS Summer Session, which offers 35 classes taught by 41 faculty members, attracts scholars, lawyers, journalists, and environmental advocates from around the world.

For more information about environmental programs at Vermont Law School, including degrees and clinical training, visit the Environmental Law Center online at

Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, is home to the nation’s largest and deepest environmental law program. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service; three Master’s Degrees—Master of Environmental Law and Policy, Master of Energy Regulation and Law, and Master of Food and Agriculture Law and Policy; and four post-JD degrees —LLM in American Legal Studies (for foreign-trained lawyers), LLM in Energy Law, LLM in Environmental Law, and LLM in Food and Agriculture Law. The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center, South Royalton Legal Clinic, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, Energy Clinic, Food and Agriculture Clinic, and Center for Applied Human Rights. 

Vermont Law School 2022 Rankings

Vermont Law School logo
#2535 of 14,160In the World
#749 of 2,624In North America
#689 of 2,523In the United States
#4 of 20In Vermont

Vermont Law School is ranked No. 147-193 in Best Law Schools. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

Law School Program Rankings

  • #147-193 in Best Law Schools

Law School Specialty Rankings

  • in Business/Corporate Law
  • in Clinical Training
  • in Constitutional Law
  • in Contracts/Commercial Law
  • in Criminal Law
  • in Dispute Resolution
  • #4 in Environmental Law (tie)
  • in Health Care Law
  • in Intellectual Property Law
  • in International Law
  • in Legal Writing
  • in Tax Law
  • in Trial Advocacy

National Comparison: Overview of Facts

#6 in Student to Faculty Ratio

VLS is tied for #6 in terms of lowest student to faculty ratio (4.2:1).

#55 in Presence of Female Faculty

VLS is tied for #55 in terms of the highest percentage of faculty who are female (43.5%).

#71 in Highest Tuition

VLS ranks #71 in terms of highest tuition among full-time law students ($49,279). We rank from a total of 283 tuition rates from 194 law schools, ranking twice those law schools that have different in-state and out-of-state tuition rates.

#84 in Presence of Minority Students

VLS ranks #84 in terms of the highest percentage of students who are racial or ethnic minority (33.9%).

#109 in Public Sector Salary

VLS is tied for #109 in terms of median starting salary among graduates working in government jobs or judicial clerkships at the federal or state level ($52,000).

#138 in Private Sector Salary

VLS is tied for #138 in terms of the median starting salary among graduates working in private practice as law firm associates ($62,400).

#147 in Employment Rate at Graduation

#153 in Employment Rate at 10 Months
VLS ranks #147 in terms of graduates employed at the time of graduation (29.8%) and #153 in terms of graduates employed ten months after graduation (66.9%).

#148 in Median LSAT

VLS is tied for #148 in terms of the median LSAT score (151) among those applicants granted admission who enrolled as full-time students. The LSAT measures reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and logical reasoning.

#151 in Median Undergraduate GPA

VLS ranks #151 in terms of highest median undergraduate GPA (3.25) among those applicants granted admission who enrolled as full-time students.

#153 in Bar Passage Rate

VLS ranks #153 in terms of bar passage rate among first-time test takers (68.6%), and it underperforms by -0.2% the state of Vermont’s overall bar passage rate of 68.8%. (A national comparison on this metric should be taken in a qualified sense and with caution, because every state has a different bar passage rate.)

#162 in Library Size

VLS ranks #162 in terms of library size with 246,552 volumes or equivalents.

#184 in Presence of Minority Faculty

VLS ranks #184 in terms of the highest percentage of faculty who are racial or ethnic minority (6.0%).

#193 in Acceptance Rate

VLS ranks #193 in terms of student selectivity with an acceptance rate of 76.4% among those who applied for admission.

Fall 2020 Application Information
Application Deadline:April 15
Application Fee:$60
Admissions Statistics20202017
Acceptance Rate76.4%70.8%
LSAT Score (Median)151151
LSAT Score (25th-75th percentile)147-156146-156
GPA (Median)3.253.17
GPA Range (25th-75th percentile)2.80-3.562.82-3.52
Bar Exam Statistics20202017
State in which most graduates took bar exam:VTNY
School’s bar passage rate:68.6%79.2%
State overall bar passage rate:68.8%72.7%
School bar pass rate vs. state bar pass rate:-0.2%+6.5%

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