Vermont Law School Partnership

Dual Law Degree

With a dual degree from Thunderbird and Vermont Law School (VLS), you will be equipped with the education and mindset to be a citizen of the world – and lead others in doing the same. Pairing degrees from the world’s leader in international business education and the top-ranked school for environmental law will allow you to blend global business skills with legal acumen to broaden your prospects in the business and legal marketplaces.

This innovative partnership lets you pair any of Thunderbird’s full-time degree programs with one of the following VLS offerings. Classes are conducted on each respective campus and credits transfer between most programs to condense the duration of each degree.

Vermont Law School program options

  • Juris Doctor (JD): This degree focuses on legal doctrine and analysis, emphasizing the broader social context of the law and providing education in the skills and values needed for effective law practice. Read more.
  • Master of Environmental Law & Policy (MELP): This degree focuses on the policies and laws shaping the solutions to problems related to climate change, wildlife protection, alternative energy and more. Read more.


Program at a glance
Program ranking
Thunderbird - #1 in international business (Financial Times, U.S. News & World Report) | Vermont Law School - #1 in environmental law (U.S. News & World Report)
Program duration
Varies, depending on degree combination
Program format
Full-time programs, with classes taught on each respective campus
Second language proficiency
Required for graduation from Thunderbird


VLS trains and inspires a new generation of lawyers to work for the public good, as well as to provide strong, professional representation for private clients. Fueled by a distinguished faculty dedicated to working closely with students, unparalleled apprenticeship-based learning opportunities, and a broad array of curricular offerings both domestically and abroad, Vermont Law empowers you with the skills, values and understanding needed to practice in an increasingly diverse and ever-changing legal environment. Read more at

Admissions criteria

Admissions standards and criteria are specific to each Thunderbird and VLS degree program. To qualify for the dual degrees, you must apply separately to and be accepted by each institution based on the respective admissions requirements. View Thunderbird eligibility and application requirements on our How to Apply page. To apply for a VLS degree, visit