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January 10, 2014
Contact: Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications, Green Mountain College

Green Mountain College Partners with Vermont Law School to Offer Accelerated Degree Programs

POULTNEY, VT –– Green Mountain College (GMC) students can now complete a bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctor degree in six years as opposed to the usual seven, or an accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree in four years instead of the usual five, thanks to three new dual-degree programs offered by GMC and Vermont Law School.

Academically qualified students may save time and money by matriculating into the J.D., Masters of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP), or Masters of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL) programs at Vermont Law School after their junior year at GMC. The programs are designed for students who want to combine their broad-based environmental liberal arts undergraduate experience at GMC with a focused graduate course of study from VLS.

“The benefits of the dual degree are both programmatic and financial,” said GMC President Paul Fonteyn. “Dual-degree students can create a seamless transition between undergraduate and law school education. It’s a natural partnership between the preeminent environmental liberal arts college and the top environmental law school in the nation.”

Green Mountain College and Vermont Law School share similar values of environmental and social sustainability. The new agreement builds on previous collaborations, including an automatic admissions agreement in which qualified GMC students receive automatic admission to VLS.

Vermont Law President and Dean Marc Mihaly said that the new program takes advantage of the synergy between GMC and VLS to make higher education more affordable for Vermonters and to attract students outside the state to study in Vermont.

“The program would reduce significantly both the time and the cost of receiving a post-graduate degree,” Mihaly said. “Vermont Law already has one of the most progressive J.D. programs in the nation, and we look forward to working with Green Mountain to help their students reach their educational goals at the lowest possible cost.”

Founded in 1834, Green Mountain College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution that takes the environment as a unifying theme across the curriculum. GMC also offers three online graduate programs including an MS in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS), an MS in Environmental Studies (MSES) and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Business.

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