All VLS Courses
Criminal Law Clinic
In this clinic students have the option of working either in the prosecution or in the defense of criminal law matters, under the supervision of experienced prosecutors and defense attorneys in Vermont. All clinicians, regardless of assignment, meet together for a joint classroom component.
Criminal Procedure and Practice A
The course covers a broad range of topics in constitutional criminal procedure law and criminal practice, including topics under the 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th amendments to the U.S. Constitution, federal criminal statutes, and Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. The course is designed to provide both a basic grounding in the criminal procedure jurisprudence relevant for the bar exam and an understanding of the application of this jurisprudence to criminal practice.
Criminal Procedure and Practice B
A basic course on Constitutional Criminal Procedure, with comprehensive consideration of topics under the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Among the topics considered are search and seizure law including probable cause to search and arrest, the warrant requirement and its exceptions, and the exclusionary rule; custodial interrogation, confessions and the privilege against self-incrimination; double jeopardy; the right to counsel and effective assistance of counsel; the death penalty and the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishments; lineups and other forms of pretrial identification.
This skills course covers the important aspects of a trial, including jury selection, opening statements, direct and cross examination, exhibits, objections, expert witnesses, and closing arguments. The course culminates in a full, simulated trial.