Every year U.S News & World Report ranks the best collages, graduate schools, and professional schools across the country. There is no place in this list for a program as unique as the masters degrees at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES). This does not mean, however, that the rankings do not speak very highly of opportunities at FES.
For instance, FES offers—and the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy supports—a joint program for students of environmental law and policy. This program allows students to earn a law degree and a masters degree at the same time, rather than spending five years pursing the degrees independently.
This joint program is open to students attending FES as well as Yale, Vermont, or Pace law schools, and that is where U.S News comes in. This year the publication ranked Yale Law School as the nation’s top overall law program. Vermont Law School ranked as the top environmental law program, and Pace Law School ranked third in environmental law. These rankings highlight the great educational opportunity for students in the joint JD/FES program. Not only will students have access to the one-of-a-kind resources at FES, should they undertake the joint degree program, they will also have access to three of the best law schools in the United States.