Vermont Law School plans to open a new graduate school in July as part of a restructuring plan, according to an announcement Tuesday. The effort was funded by an anonymous 8 million grant, the largest gift in the school’s history. The institution will soon be known as Vermont Law and Graduate School.
“About two years ago, we launched a process to chart the future of the school with the input of hundreds of faculty, staff, trustees, students and the community,” said Glenn Berger, chair of the school’s board of trustees. “We are excited today to announce a bold vision for Vermont Law and Graduate Schools, with a new name and structure that will enhance our leading-edge graduate programming, increase enrollment and strengthen our commitment to social change.”
Law school administrators say there are plans to launch several new postgraduate degree programs in climate and environmental policy and animal protection policy.
Rodney Smolla, incoming inaugural president of Vermont Law & Graduate School, said: The Declaration states that “the challenges facing the world today are complex and a growing number of tools and skills are needed to address them.”