Sunday, August 18, 2019
Following up on my previous posts (links below): Connecticut Law Tribune editorial, Don't Give Up on Vermont Law School:
We in Connecticut have a special interest in Vermont Law School because so many alumni live and practice here, and the school has done a great job in educating a generation of committed environmental lawyers. Vermont Law School, an independent school and the only law school in Vermont, has been at the forefront of environmental law education and advocacy since its founding in 1972, and modest beginnings in an old schoolhouse in the sleepy little town of South Royalton.
But today, VLS is floundering, up to its neck in debt brought on by the sagging enrollment caused by the Great Recession and struggling to stay afloat with a totally inadequate endowment. Applications, admissions and enrollment are up, but the improvements are recent and follow too many years of financial losses. ...
We can support VLS in two ways. First, those who want to see the school survive can seek to understand what happened, why the dean felt compelled to take the action he did, and what the AAUP report reveals—and then be ready to counsel prospective students that there remains much to be gained in attending VLS.
Second, we can help to promote the joint degree programs that bind us here in Connecticut with our neighboring institution to the north. There is a joint program with Yale [and] ...Quinnipiac University School of Law. ...
We lose a lot if VLS does not return to its former strength, or worse, closes. Support the school and you support Yale, Quinnipiac and the next generation of lawyers, especially environmental lawyers who may be the ones to save the planet.
Prior TaxProf Blog posts:
- Vermont Law School Plans Faculty Cuts (June 2, 2018)
- Head Of Vermont's #1 Environmental Law Program Resigns As Law School Restructures (June 11, 2018)
- Vermont Law School Cuts More Than A Dozen Tenured Faculty (June 26, 2018)
- Vermont Strips Tenure From 14 Of 19 Law Profs (July 13, 2018)
- Mark Cohen (Northwestern), Vermont Law School's Tenured Faculty Purge And What It Portends For Legal Education (July 19, 2018)
- More On Vermont Law School's Tenured Faculty Purge (July 20, 2018)
- Michael Simkovic (USC), Northwestern's Mark Cohen Can't Defend His Views On Cause Of Vermont Law School's Purge Of Tenured Faculty (July 25, 2018)
- A Good Move By Vermont Law School (Aug. 20, 2018)
- Vermont Is The Tip Of The Law School Spear (Aug. 24, 2018)
- AAUP Investigates Vermont Law School's Tenure Revocation From 14 Of 19 Faculty (Dec. 1, 2018)
- AAUP: Vermont Violated Shared Governance In Detenuring 14 Of 19 Law Profs To Close $2 Million Budget Gap (May 8, 2019)
- AAUP Adds Vermont To List Of Schools Sanctioned For 'Serious Departure' From Shared Governance In Detenuring 14 Of 19 Law Profs To Close $2 Million Budget Gap (June 17, 2019)