​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Energy and the environment go ​hand in hand. An enormous proportion of the earth’s environmental issues arise out of the use of energy. If you care about the environment, energy policy is the single most important influence; and if you care about energy, environmental externalities are the most important constraint. The discussion covers a wide spectrum of disciplines—including law, science, engineering, finance, public policy and economics. We hope that masters and law graduates of the institute’s energy program will continue their rigorous research, analysis and advocacy well after their time with us in South Royalton, making an impact felt throughout the century.

The Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) is a national and world energy policy resource with an advanced energy law and policy curriculum focused on the energy policy of the future. The institute serves as a center for graduate research on energy issues with an environmental awareness and recently established a student-staffed energy clinic, which works on legal and business models for community energy development.  We select our research associates from top students in the energy and environmental programs at Vermont Law School—an institution with a longstanding reputation for advancing environmental law and policy.  Our unique year-round Energy Clinic​ works on the cutting edge of renewable energy development and as one early result of our work VLS is powered by over 50% local solar energy​.  Explore our latest newsletter​ and learn more about what we are working on today.

As you explore our portion of the Vermont Law School website, please bear in mind how energy policy is increasingly driven by the imperative of preserving our environment, and how dramatic increases in society’s demand for energy have had environmental effects. Please reflect on the role of law and policy in balancing the competing interests of energy use and environmental quality. Could the institute help you, your organization, or your enterprise? Think about the skills and knowledge that the graduates of the IEE team can bring to you as an employer. Most of all, keep in mind that as energy consumers, the actions we take today will create tomorrow’s reality.

Learn more about our new Global Energy Law and Policy Course.​


The IEE faculty and staff team: Jenny Thomas, Mark James, Roxana-Andreea Mastor, Jeannie Oliver, Kevin Jones, Ben Jervey and Laura Schieb.  At the IEE we focus on the energy policy of the future.  Please join us.

The IEE Research and Energy Clinic teams wrap up another successful semester working on important issues such as data privacy for solar and energy efficiency innovations, community solar development, international climate issues, green community choice aggregation, micro hydro on the farm, solar policy in CA and NV, low income solar ownership models, and this meeting concluded with a fascinating presentation by three IEE team members who had just returned from the UNFCCC COP22 meeting in Marrakech.  Also pictured is IEE mascot Wellington and apologies to Visiting Fulbright Schuman Scholar Eva Barrett from Ireland for cutting you out of the photo.  (Photo credit:  Professor Patrick Parenteau)

Check out our web pages to learn more about what we do and how you can come join us and shape the energy policy of the future.

Curricular Opportunities



Online Learning | Academics | Vermont Law Schoolhttp://www-staging.vermontlaw.edu/academics/online-learningOnline Learning | Academics | Vermont Law SchoolEarn a degree online with VLS or take courses as a non-degree seeking student
New Economy Resources | Vermont Law Schoolhttp://www-staging.vermontlaw.edu/academics/centers-and-programs/new-economy-law-center/new-economy-emergingNew Economy Resources | Vermont Law SchoolExplore examples of the new economy emerging.
Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL)http://www-staging.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/masters/master-of-energy-regulation-and-law-(merl)Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL)Focuses on law and policy governing energy use, production, and transmission.
LLM in Energy Lawhttp://www-staging.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/llm/llm-in-energy-lawLLM in Energy LawDesigned for students who have already earned a law degree and wish to pursue intensive study and training in the field of energy law.
JD/LLM in Energy Lawhttp://www-staging.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/joint-degrees/jd-llm-in-energy-lawJD/LLM in Energy LawEarn both a Juris Doctor (JD) and an LLM in Energy Law in less time than is required to obtain each degree separately.
Institute for Energy and the Environmenthttp://www-staging.vermontlaw.edu/academics/centers-and-programs/Institute-for-Energy-and-the-EnvironmentInstitute for Energy and the Environment​​Energy and the environment go ​hand in hand. An enormous proportion of the earth’s environmental issues arise out of the use of energy.
Energy Law | Certificates | Vermont Law Schoolhttp://www-staging.vermontlaw.edu/academics/certificates/certificate-in-energy-lawEnergy Law | Certificates | Vermont Law SchoolThe Certificate in Energy Law involves study of the law and policy relating to renewable energy development and the environmental problems associated with traditional energy production.​
Energy Lawhttp://www-staging.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/energy-lawEnergy LawVermont Law School courses and clinics consider the relationship between energy and the environment in the context of its legal, scientific, commercial and human implications.
Energy Clinichttp://www-staging.vermontlaw.edu/academics/clinics-and-externships/energy-clinicEnergy ClinicStudents work on energy projects that resolve energy policy challenges in a sustainable and fair way for the Vermont community and the world.