How to Get In: Vermont Law School

What can you do to set yourself apart in your application? Admissions officials have the answers.

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All applications are read by at least two reviewers. In addition, a significant number of files are referred to the full admissions committee. Therefore, the timeline for a decision typically ranges from four to eight weeks.

8. Which firms/organizations recruit heavily from your school? Which ones hire the highest percentage of your graduates?

Vermont Law School is a national law school. Our entering classes come from more than 40 states and graduates sit for the bar in more than 35 states. Our graduates work in national, state, and local government positions with organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Justice, the U.S. Senate, state attorneys general and regulatory agencies, and a host of local district attorney and municipal offices. In the nonprofit arena, our graduates are environmental justice attorneys with the Natural Resources Defense Council, a public affairs director for Planned Parenthood, a staff attorney with Defenders of Wildlife, and a number of staff attorneys for legal aid and public defender organizations. Across the nation, our graduates are working in both large and small law firms, focusing on litigation, the environment, energy, intellectual property, antitrust, securities, and more.

Some examples of positions obtained by the Class of 2010 include Latham & Watkins and Weil Gotshal; The Department of Justice Honors Program, the EPA Honors Program, more than 20 judicial clerkships, and a wide range of state and local firms and agencies.

9. What are some of the most common mistakes that applicants make that hurt their chances of being accepted?

The most common mistake is not proofing the application materials or submitting a marked-up copy of the résumé and essays. Also, a common mistake is in the selection of recommenders. We receive several letters each year from recommenders who state that they cannot wholly support the applicant for admission to law school.

10. Can you describe the archetypal student for your school?

Vermont law students are passionate about their world. They typically love the outdoors and relish the adventure of attending law school in the magnificent Green Mountains of Vermont. Whatever their area of interest, they participate in campus organizations, support numerous causes, and strive to take advantage of every campus opportunity. Many bring a strong interest in international travel to law school and are attracted to our numerous study abroad and international dual degree options. Vermont law students are advocates.