Vermont Law School,Vermont Law School’s classes started today, two days late, because of school closure due to electricity, telephones and Internet service being interrupted by Hurricane Irene. All systems have been restored. Scores of VLS students have been volunteering and helping South Royalton residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the storm. The students have been delivering food, cleaning up flood damage, delivering supplies and doing other tasks. Floodwaters on campus damaged two buildings, three riverside parking lots and an outdoor classroom, while the school’s Internet server center had a mechanical failure. Flooding also damaged the homes of or stranded several faculty, students and staff in South Royalton and other communities.Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, has the top-ranked environmental law program and one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service, a Master of Environmental Law and Policy degree and two post-JD degrees, the Master of Laws in Environmental Law and the LLM in American Legal Studies (for foreign-trained lawyers). The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center and the South Royalton Legal Clinic. For more information, visit www.vermontlaw.edu(link is external).