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Vermont Law School to rebrand, add master’s degree programs

  • July 5, 2022
Beth McCormack, interim president and dean at Vermont Law School, left, speaks during a press conference in Burlington where the school announced a new strategic direction on Tuesday, June 21. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

Vermont Law School will add three master’s degree programs and rebrand as Vermont Law and Graduate School, school administrators announced Tuesday, adding that the changes will not impact operations at its South Royalton campus.

The law school unveiled the new name and logo at a Burlington press conference, outlining a transformation that will draw from an anonymous $8 million donation to help add two master’s programs in environmental policy and a master’s degree in animal law policy, starting in 2023.

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Beth McCormack. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

“There’s been a period of declining enrollments in law schools over the last several years,” said Beth McCormack, the school’s interim president and dean, “but a growing interest in things like environmental law and justice reform. And so we tried to come up with a plan that would help us in that regard and build upon those strengths.”

The school has operated with a

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