Articulation Agreement with Vermont Law School

In 2009, Sage entered into an Articulation Agreement with Vermont Law School (VLS), ranked number one in the nation for environmental law by US News and World Report. Vermont Law School is home to a number of academic programs, environmental institutes and clinical programs that offer students the opportunity for hands-on experience with current environmental issues. 

This agreement will especially benefit women interested in the Environmental Studies program at Russell Sage College, but is open to students in all majors at The Sage Colleges.  The new Environmental Studies major, the Climate Crisis Center, internships at the NY Department of Environmental Conservation and other sites in the Capital Region, and now the articulation agreement with VLS makes Sage stand out as a place for students interested in environmental issues and activism. 

This agreement guarantees admission for Sage students who meet certain GPA and standardized test requirements to several programs at Vermont Law:

  • The Juris Doctor (J.D.) program, a standard law degree with an interdisciplinary curriculum
  • The Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) program, a non-law degree which gives students a comprehensive knowledge of the policies and laws shaping the solutions to environmental problems as well as skills and practical experience doing so. 
  • The joint JD/MELP degree program, which combines the law degree and the Masters degree. 

There is more on these programs and VLS on their website http://vermontlaw.edu/

Transfer students are eligible under the Agreement so long as they complete 60 credits towards their degree in residence at Sage. The Agreement requires an applicant's cumulative undergraduate GPA to equal or exceed the average GPA of the first year JD or MELP class in residence at VLS at the time of application.  For the JD program, the standardized test is the LSAT; for the MELP program it is the GRE.  The Agreement requires an applicant's standardized test score to equal or exceed the average standardized test score of the first year JD or MELP class in residence at VLS at the time of application. Applicants in good standing who meet the above requirements and present two letters of recommendation from Sage faculty are guaranteed admission to the VLS program.