Vermont Law - Visiting Assistant / Associate Professor of Law - Energy Clinic

03 May 2024 12:22 AM | Mike Murphy (Administrator)

VERMONT LAW AND GRADUATE SCHOOL (VLGS), a national leader in environmental law and restorative justice, invites applications for a Visiting Professor of Law to join our Energy Clinic for a one- or two-year visitorship. The Energy Clinic is part of the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE), which is a national and world energy policy resource with an advanced energy law and policy curriculum focused on a clean energy future. 

The visitor’s duties include teaching clinic classes year-round to juris doctor, masters, and LLM students and supervising those students in their work on transactional legal matters and a wide range of other renewable energy related projects from policy work to low-income solar project development. The visitor will report to the Director of the Energy Clinic and play a supporting role in working with the Director of the IEE and other Energy Clinic faculty in the operation of the Energy Clinic and the IEE. The visitor will join a vibrant and supportive clinical community at VLGS.

The ideal candidate will be available to start in time for the Fall ’24 semester, though the precise start date is flexible. The selected candidate will have a commitment to environmental public interest work and a just clean energy transition. There is a strong preference for candidates with multiple years of transactional law experience, including at least some in energy law. The candidate must be a licensed attorney with at least three years of experience who is active and a member in good standing in New Hampshire or can waive into New Hampshire for bar licensing purposes. A significant portion of the Clinic’s low-income solar project development work is done in our neighboring state of New Hampshire. Clinical teaching experience or other evidence of ability to successfully mentor new attorneys will be highly valued. VLGS will consider applications with broadly defined expertise in energy law, land use law, and municipal government advocacy. Candidates should demonstrate evidence of or potential for strong, innovative, and engaged teaching.

Visiting professors do not have service obligations but are encouraged to engage with other professionals and the public to contribute to the intellectual exchange of ideas, improve the law, and educate the public about the law, with an eye towards social justice. VLGS is in South Royalton, Vermont, a small town on the bank of the beautiful White River. Less than thirty minutes away lie the amenities of the adjacent communities of Hanover, NH (home to Dartmouth College) and Lebanon, NH. Burlington, VT, Boston, MA, and Montreal, QC, are all within a three-hour drive. 


To apply, please visit our website at Applicants must complete an online application and electronically submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a writing sample, and (4) the names and contact information of three references. VLGS will only contact references for finalists. VLGS strongly encourages applications from those who would increase our community’s diversity. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Mark James, Interim Director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment ( or Beth Locker, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning ( The position will remain open until filled.  

If you are applying from a third-party website (Indeed, etc.) and are unable to attach additional materials to your online application, please apply directly at or email required documents to Christine Moyer,

Vermont Law and Graduate School is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness. We grow and learn better together with a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students. In recruiting for faculty and staff, we seek unique backgrounds to enrich and challenge our community. As part of our commitment to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, candidates who meet the qualifications for this position and who require accommodations to apply should contact Human Resources at Vermont Law and Graduate School strives to raise the bar for being an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, place of birth, marital status, disability, veteran's status, HIV status, pregnancy, genetic information, health insurance status, and crime victim status. 

Job Type



Visiting Assistant / Associate Professor of Law

Energy Clinic


Reports to: Director, Energy Clinic

Salary Range: $85,000-$95,000


VLGS Benefits and PTO include:
- Full benefits (medical, dental, vision, etc.).
- 403b including 4% employer contribution.
- 2 weeks of paid vacation in addition to paid personal and sick days.
- 11 paid holidays plus two weeks of paid “Dean’s Days” for Summer and Winter breaks. 


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