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The University of Vermont (UVM) and Vermont Law School (VLS) offer a unique dual-degree program leading to a Bachelor’s in three years and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree in two years. The Vermont 3+2 program enables highly-focused students to earn both degrees in less time and at less cost from two distinguished institutions. Students may choose to enter the program from selected majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, and Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.

Program Description

The UVM-VLS 3+2 Program provides high-achieving students with an opportunity to achieve a Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree in a total of five years. The program is available to undergraduate students enrolled in selected academic majors at the University of Vermont.

Students complete three years of undergraduate study at UVM, then matriculate at Vermont Law School where they complete two years of approved coursework for the JD degree from VLS and are enrolled as full-time students.

Admission to the program occurs at the end of a student’s first year at UVM. Interested students should connect with the College Program Coordinator of the major they plan to pursue early in their first year to clarify the academic requirements and timeline.

Students must be enrolled as full-time students during the duration of their course of study at UVM. As students will complete their major requirements in a compressed timeframe, it is vital that students are planning how to complete all of the requirements from the beginning of their first year at UVM. Students should review the academic plan for their major and connect with the appropriate 3+2 major advisor, listed below.

  • Students enrolled in the UVM-VLS 3+2 Program will be admitted to VLS and matriculate as full-time students for two years. 
  • Credits from the first year at VLS are transferred back to UVM to allow completion of the undergraduate degree from UVM.
  • Students who meet all requirements of the UVM-VLS 3+2 Program will be awarded the appropriate Bachelor’s degree from UVM and a JD degree from VLS.
  • Students who enroll in this program but choose not to complete the law degree after the first year of enrollment at VLS will have their credits transferred back to UVM for the completion of the Bachelor’s degree.


Students apply to the 3+2 Program at the conclusion of their first year of study at UVM. Eligible students must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours in two semesters of full-time study with a minimum GPA of 3.4. Eligible students must be enrolled in a major that has been approved by UVM for inclusion in this program and be on track to complete all requirements in their major’s 3+2 academic plan.

Eligible candidates for the Program must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The number of students selected will be determined each year based on availability. Students must maintain their GPA at UVM to continue in the program.

Application Process

Students should submit the application by mid-April at the end of their first year. The application process includes:

  • Submitting an email containing application information (below)
  • Essay
  • Minimum one letter of recommendation from a full-time faculty member

Applications are submitted to the UVM-VLS 3+2 coordinators in each College/School.
Admission to Vermont Law School

To gain admission to VLS, students must sit for the LSAT no later than October of their third year of study at UVM and must present a score that is equal to or greater than 155 and a UVM cumulative GPA of 3.5.  If a student’s LSAT score falls below this standard, the student may seek permission from VLS to retake the test.

Students must complete all necessary LSAC requirements and VLS admission paperwork no later than January 31 of their third year of undergraduate study.  All VLS application fees are waived for students in this program.

Students must have completed the minimum requirements as set forth by the academic unit approving the applicable UVM degree program for this 3+2 Program before matriculation at VLS. VLS reserves the right to deny admission to any students who have been subject to academic and/or disciplinary action.


Prospective students, please contact:
Office of Admissions,

Current students, for more information about the UVM-VLS 3+2 Program in each college/school, please contact:

UVM Career Center Pre-Law Advisor

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Rubenstein School of Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Vermont Law School

UVM-VLS 3+2 Program Application

Complete all parts of this form including the essay. Send the completed form (Word or pdf format) to the designated contact person for the program in which you are currently enrolled at UVM by Thursday, April 30, 2020.

To be admitted to the 3+2 Program candidates must have:

  1.  completed a minimum of 30 credits hours in two semesters of full-time study at UVM;
  2. a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 or greater; and
  3. at least one letter of recommendation from a full-time UVM faculty member.

Applicants are responsible for soliciting the letter of recommendation, but the faculty member will send the letter directly to the designated contact person by the deadline.

Program contacts:

  • Community Development & Applied Economics (CDAE): Dan Kirk,
  • Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources: Clare Ginger,
  • College of Arts & Sciences:
  • Include the following:
    • Name
    • UVM Student ID Number:
    • Academic Major(s):
    • Academic advisor:
    • Mailing address:
    • E-mail address:

Essay: In 500 words or less, please explain why you are interested in the study of law and participation in the UVM-VLS 3+2 Program. Also, describe the strengths, skills and/or experiences that will help you to succeed in this challenging, accelerated academic program.