Attorney Kristin Connors works with a group of Quinnipiac University School of Law first year students Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2015, during the School of Law's January Term which gives law students hands-on experience with practicing attorneys. (Autumn Driscoll/Quinnipiac University)

JD/MELP (Master of Environmental Law and Policy)

Tomorrow’s environmental challenges will require a new generation of leaders with a mastery of the law and a foundation in public policy, economics and science. Our innovative JD/MELP program gives you the breadth of knowledge you need to make a difference.

Curriculum and Requirements

Degree requirements


  • 30-credit program (including required courses)
  • Vermont Law MELP courses: 14 credits
  • Vermont Law MELP externship: 7 credits
  • Quinnipiac Law courses (from approved course list): up to 9 credits
  • Joint degree students cannot recieve either degree until they have met the requirements for both

About the MELP externship


MELP students must participate in an approved MELP externship during their 2L summer. The externship can be scheduled anywhere in the United States or at an international location. Vermont Law has substantial resources for assisting students with arranging their MELP externships and can offer as much help as is needed or desired by the individual student.  MELP externship credit is applied to the MELP portion of the dual degree only.

Quinnipiac School of Law approved courses


Credits from these QU Law courses can be used toward the MELP portion of the dual degree. 

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Administrative Law
  • Negotiation
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Land Use Planning

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to the dual-degree program, students first must be admitted to Quinnipiac University School of Law. Once admitted to Quinnipiac, JD/MELP applicants then can apply to the Vermont Law MELP Program during their first year of law school at Quinnipiac. The MELP application deadline is March 1.

Important note: Prior to starting the MELP application process, students should contact the associate dean for academic affairs at Quinnipiac School of Law.

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