Are you an undergrad interested in advocacy? In making a difference? Develop the tools you need to become a powerful advocate for the environment in the New Frontiers in Environmental Justice summer program​ at Vermont Law School. New Frontiers provides undergraduate students interested in environmental issues an opportunity to learn about the intersection of law, justice, and the environment.


​undergraduate students: Become  agents of change at the nation's premier environmental law school.

  • Learn from expert faculty in our top-rated Environmental Law Center, which has a rich history of working to influence environmental policy on the local, national and international level. ​
  • Establish a legal framework that will set you on a path to becoming a leader who uses the power of the law to make a difference.
  • Take additional courses ​in environmental law, energy law, water law, land use law, or food and agriculture law offered as part of the VLS Summer Session program.
  • Attend "Hot Topics​" lectures by leading environmental scholars and activists.
  • Explore Vermont. Nestled on the banks of the W​hite River in the village of South Royalton, VLS is a short hike, bike ride, or drive to scenic and recreational destinations.

CourseS and Dates

May 30 - June 16, 2017

Introduction to Law and policy (3 credits)
Online course

​This online course introduces students to the foundations of U.S. law and policy as well as the concrete skills necessary to navigate a graduate law course.  Students will explore the U.S. legal system, the state and federal judiciaries and th​e legislative and regulatory processes. Students will learn and practice how to read, analyze and critique legislation, regulations and judicial decisions. In the last week, students will be introduced to the basic structure of U.S. environmental laws to prepare them for Environmental Law.

**Introduction to Law and Policy is a prerequisite for Environmental Justice.

June 19 - 30​​​, 2017​
environmental ​Justice (2 credits)
Residential Course

This introductory course covers the history of environmental values and policies, including a discussion of economics and the environment, common law roots, approach to federalism, and environmental justice. It compares and contrasts the major environmental statutes, such as the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Toxic Substances Control Act, and other federal statutes. It considers the goals and objectives of environmental laws, and the choices that are made both implicitly and explicitly in effecting the means of environmental protection. In addition, the course explores state roles in biodiversity protection and land use regulation. A thread throughout the course asks questions about how environmental justice issues have or have not been taken into account.​​


  • Online Course: Introduction to Law and Policy (3 credits)
  • On Campus Course: Environmental Justice (2 credits)
  • Total program cost = $5,500
​Total program cost includes tuition, housing for on campus course, and meals (weekday breakfast and lunch only). Contact your school's financial aid office about available aid for this program. Limited scholarships are available.​


​Priority Deadline: March 15, 2017
​Final Deadline: May 1, 2017

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