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Vermont Law School/University of Cambridge

JD/MPhil Dual Degree

I. DUAL JD/MPhil DEGREE

Vermont Law School and the Department of Land Economy at the University of

Cambridge offer a dual degree program which enables VLS students to earn both a

JD and a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree in one of the following fields: Real

Estate Finance; Environmental Policy; and Planning, Growth, and Regeneration. II. APPROVAL TO APPLY

A.Students begin the dual degree program at Vermont Law School. VLS

candidates must be approved to apply for the Cambridge program by the

Director of the Environmental Law Center (ELC). Students apply for this

approval by submitting the VLS/Cambridge Dual Degree Application Form to

the Associate Director of the ELC by November 1 of their 2L year.

B.Applicants are evaluated on the basis of educational goals and academic

standing. They must demonstrate an interest in the subjects in which the dual

degree program specializes.

C.Students will be notified if they have been approved before the conclusion of

their 2L fall semester. A maximum of two Vermont Law School students will be

approved to apply to Cambridge during any one academic year.

D.VLS applicants must be in the top half of their class at the end of the semester

preceding their application to the program and continue to be in the top half of

their class through the completion of the semester prior to taking courses at

Cambridge.

III.ADMISSIONS

A.Once they have been approved by the ELC Director, students begin the

Cambridge application process. The Cambridge application is available at

http://www.wendangku.net/doc/fd88aac70c22590102029d89.html/univ/gsprospectus/applying/online.html.

Students who apply online will be sent an email within 24 hours telling them

exactly what supporting documents they need to submit with their application.

In addition to the standard application material required of all graduate

applicants, the Department of Land Economy requires a 1-2 page outline of

students’ interests and rationale for wishing to take the course.

B.VLS and Cambridge will share supporting documentation, such as transcripts,

letters of recommendation, and personal statements. Photocopies of those

documents, certified by the VLS Registrar, are adequate for admissions

purposes.

C.Applicants must compile all of the required Cambridge application material

and submit four sets of material to the Associate Director of the ELC by

February 1 of their 2L spring. The Associate Director will add a Letter of

Endorsement and submit the application material to the Board of Graduate

Study at Cambridge. Note that the Cambridge program starts in October.

Although the Cambridge application deadline is July 31, we strongly

recommend that students apply early because it can take a long time to receive

an admissions decision.

IV. REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE

Students are required to satisfy the graduation requirements of both institutions.

The VLS JD degree requirements govern except as modified below:

1.The JD normally requires 87 credits. A candidate for the dual

JD/MPhil degree may apply the equivalent of 14 VLS credits of course

work from Cambridge, thereby reducing to 73 the minimum number

of JD credits that must be completed at VLS. Cambridge will not apply

any credits from VLS toward the MPhil degree.

2.Students must complete the following courses at VLS before beginning

course work at Cambridge: Land Use Regulation or Land Transactions

and Finance; Administrative Law; and Environmental Law. Other

appropriate courses may be substituted with the prior permission of the

Director of the ELC.

3.Credits for courses taken at Cambridge in satisfaction of the JD credit

requirements will appear on the VLS transcript as transfer credits. No

grades for these courses will appear on the VLS transcript.

V. RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT

A. The VLS Academic Regulations require students to be in residence at VLS for

six semesters. One semester at Cambridge will count toward satisfaction of this

residence requirement. Students in the dual degree program will spend a

minimum of five semesters at VLS and two semesters at Cambridge.

B.Because candidates must start the MPhil program in the fall of their third year,

participants have the option of using a full Summer Session as one semester, or

returning to VLS for one more semester after completion of the MPhil degree.

Students wishing to use a full Summer Session must obtain the permission of

the Director of the ELC prior to registering for summer classes.

VII.WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PROGRAM

If a student leaves the program or fails to complete the program requirements for

either the VLS JD degree or the Cambridge MPhil degree, the student will no

longer be considered a dual degree student. As a result, the student will be required

to meet the VLS residence requirements and any credits earned at Cambridge will

not be transferred to VLS.

VIII. TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID

A.Students pay tuition to VLS throughout the program (seven semesters). VLS

then pays Cambridge directly.

B.Students are eligible for financial aid through all seven semesters of the

program.

C.Students arrange for their own housing and transportation.