Paul L. Caron
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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Don't Give Up On Vermont Law School

Following up on my previous posts (links below):  Connecticut Law Tribune editorial, Don't Give Up on Vermont Law School:

Vermont Law School Logo (2017)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:

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2019/08/dont-give-up-on-vermont-law-school.html

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Comments

"We in Connecticut have a special interest in Vermont Law School because so many alumni live and practice here"

How many?

"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"

Horse hockey. Still not nearly enough jobs to go around for law grads in VT or CT, to say nothing of the sweltering legions in the Bay State. Should we even get into the faltering status of CT's cities? Already we have a half generation's worth of law school grads who never got within a thousand miles of getting a job working as a lawyer. It is a zero sum game. Enough is enough.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Aug 18, 2019 3:49:13 PM

O ye, of little faith

Posted by: Anon | Aug 18, 2019 5:48:59 PM

A full decade after the Great Recession, and 6 years after the recovery, can we stop using this as an excuse for law school's poor performance. The root cause is poor cost-benefit for students, and greater transparency.

Posted by: JM | Aug 18, 2019 6:32:51 PM

Using fewer resources more efficiently is the best way to "save the planet." Environmental law is amply covered elsewhere.
Subsidizing inefficient, ineffectual, and insufficient boutiques only increases the carbon footprint of all law schools that as a class in itself is only of tertiary use.

Posted by: Jim | Aug 19, 2019 6:18:35 AM