Vermont Law School is committed to preparing the complete lawyer. Whether our graduates work in a solo practice, large firm, non-profit, government agency or as in-house counsel at a corporation, they consistently report that their VLS education effectively prepared them for highly successful practice.
Our small class size is one of the hallmarks of our intimate legal education, along with a strong history of hands-on clinical experience, an eclectic and talented faculty, and our beautiful rural setting.
Soon after its founding, VLS established itself as a law school with a tradition of public service. Vermont Law School attracts students who are optimistic and committed to making a difference in our world. At VLS our motto, Law for the Community and the World, is alive in our students, faculty and alumni who do groundbreaking work in energy law, global climate change law, international human rights, and other significant areas of the law.
As a relatively young independent law school, Vermont Law School is continuing to build the essential endowment and annual resources needed to make sure that the school retains its academic intimacy and hands-on legal training. Additionally the law school is committed to becoming competitive by offering scholarships to the many top students who list VLS as their first choice, yet must go elsewhere because we cannot compete with scholarship awards.
Thanks to our generous community of supporters, we have made great strides, raising over $18 million during our last Campaign—yet we still have far to go!
Vermont Law School carefully reviews the financial needs of every program on campus as well as larger institutional priorities, such as campus construction and endowment growth, when setting its fundraising goals. The educational opportunities and campus spaces made possible by our philanthropic donors foster interaction among students and faculty and inspire excellent work. Our current priorities and projects include the following:
The Fund for VLS is a critical source of funding for academic and extracurricular student programs, financial aid, faculty salaries, and building operations. Each year, alumni and friends of the school contribute about $500,000 to the Fund, allowing VLS to finance day-to-day operations as well as unexpected costs and opportunities.
Planned gifts provide resources that allow incredible opportunities and preserve our future. Gift types include life-income opportunities and other financial planning arrangements that can be beneficial to both the donor and the law school.
Members of the President's Society for Excellence and the Leaders' Circle are our most generous and reliable donors, and we thank them with special invitations to events, a quarterly newsletter, and more. Learn more how you can be a leader in giving to Vermont Law School.
The Class of 2014 has chosen to build a riverfront Gazebo to commemorate the resilience of the community in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. An impressive fundraising goal of $30,000 will support Vermont Law School’s newest structure.
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