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Hampshire College and Vermont Law School Environmental Law and Policy Scholarship

Are you considering a master's degree or a law degree with a focus on:

  • environmental law and policy?
  • food and agriculture law and policy?
  • energy regulation and law?

Apply for a full-tuition scholarship for a master's and/or a J.D. degree from Vermont Law School (VLS), which is consistently ranked as having the country's top environmental law program.

Each year, Hampshire can recommend one student or recent alum (up to 10 years out) for one of two scholarship opportunities:

  • 1-year Full Scholarship for a VLS Masters Program in:  Environmental Law and Policy (MELP); Food and Agriculture Law and Policy (MFALP); or Energy Regulation and Law (MERL)
  • 3-year Full Scholarship for a VLS Juris Doctor (J.D.) program or Joint J.D./Master's. The JD funding can be for less than 3 years, but not more. The master's degree can be in one of the above program.

From an alum who went through the MELP program:

At Vermont Law School, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in environmental work…. I remain connected to VLS and am currently on the VLS observer delegation, which is preparing to go to Lima, Peru for the climate conferences in December! …Vermont Law is an inspiring community full of hard-working and passionate learners, much like Hampshire. For a graduate-level education in the environmental sector, Vermont Law is simply unmatched. -- Catherine Craig 08F, VLS-MELP program, 2014
 

SCHOLARSHIP DESCRIPTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR THE 2 OPTIONS:

A. Scholarship for 3-Year J.D. or Joint J.D./Master’s. Master’s can be: Environmental Law and Policy (MELP), Agriculture and Farm Law and Policy (MFALP), or Energy Regulation and Law (MERL):

  • Scholarship Description:
    • 3-year full-tuition scholarship to VLS, starting in 2020
    • Inclusion in the Dean’s Scholar program
    • Inclusion in the international program experience with waived administrative fees
       
  • Candidate Requirements:
    • Current Hampshire Div III or recent grad (up to 10 years out)
    • Demonstrated involvement in environmental issues
    • Commitment to service through campus and/or community activities
    • Excellent writing and critical thinking abilities
    • LSAT score of 160 or better
    • Commitment to attend VLS, starting in summer or fall 2020, if awarded the Hampshire/VLS Scholarship; deferrals are not possible.
       

B. Scholarship for 1-Year Masters Program in : Environmental Law and Policy (MELP), Agriculture and Farm Law and Policy (MFALP), or Energy Regulation and Law (MERL):

  • Scholarship Description:
    • One year (2020-2021) full-tuition scholarship for MELP, MFALP, or MERL-only degree program at Vermont Law School
    • Inclusion in the Dean’s Scholar program
       
  • Candidate Requirements:
    • Current Hampshire Div III or recent grad (up to 10 years out)
    • Demonstrated engagement in environmental issues
    • Demonstrated commitment to service through campus and/or community activities
    • Excellent writing and critical thinking abilities
    • Test scores are not required.
    • Commitment to attend VLS for the one-year program, starting in summer or fall 2020, if awarded the Hampshire/VLS Scholarship; deferrals are not possible
       

HOW TO APPLY:

For JD or Joint JD/Masters Candidates only:

  • We recommend you register by Oct. 10, 2019 to take the Nov. 25 LSAT.  If you don’t make the 160 score that is required, you have time to study and register by Dec. 3 to take the January 13, 2020 LSAT. 
  • For the LSAC statement, respond to the VLS required essay. See their application guidelines for full information.
  • We strongly recommend that you submit the ‘optional’ VLS essay, “How have you tried to affect change in relation to an issue of personal, local, or national significance?”

Application Procedures and Timeline for ALL candidates:

  • Apply to the appropriate program at VLS, by Feb. 3, 2020, following the directions on the VLS site. (CORC career counselors are available to give feedback on your essays.  Please use this service!!!)
  • If there is something in your academic history that might be an issue, it is usually beneficial to answer the optional question, “Give a realistic appraisal of your academic work since graduation from high school. Please note any inconsistencies in your record and the reasons for them.”
     
  • Apply to the Hampshire Scholarship by Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, with the following materials.
    • 3 letters of recommendation. Ask your writers to submit to VLS with a copy to Hampshire College at corc@hampshire.edu.
    • Copy of your VLS application (or LSAC application for JD candidates), combined into one PDF document. 
    • Official transcripts from Hampshire and any other institutions. (Allow ample time (2 weeks for Hampshire) to ensure your transcripts will be received by the deadline.
    • Additional essay that explains, with specifics, how you fulfill the scholarship criteria and why the timing is right for you to start at VLS in summer or fall of 2020.

INFORMATION SESSION: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, 5 p.m. at CORC, library, 3rd floor with nosh food from VT (call-in available)

Questions? Contact Carin Rank at crank@hampshire.edu

Download a printer-friendly PDF of Hampshire-VLS Scholarship information and application instructions.

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