All VLS Courses
Food Regulation and Policy
Presently, the United States is experiencing a resurgence in public concern over the safety of our food supply due to biotechnology, pesticide use, and unsafe food packaging, etc. This course will introduce students to the laws and policies that govern food regulation and policy in the United States.
Food System Justice and Sustainability
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French Corporate Law
Taught by a French law professor (in English), this course addresses the substantive law and underlying policies of the law of French business corporations and the ways in which the law differs from U.S. corporate law.
French Legal Method
Taught by a French law professor (in English), this course provides an introduction the French law and legal system, and French legal methodology.
Considers genocide from an interdisciplinary perspective, addressing legal, cultural, political, economic, and moral issues surrounding this phenomenon. These issues are studied in the context of broader international human rights concepts.
Global Energy and Climate Policy
Offers a detailed assessment of the most advanced commercially available technologies for strengthening global energy security, mitigating the effects of climate change, and enhancing resilience through adaptation and geo-engineering. The course also evaluates the barriers to the deployment of these technologies and critically reviews public policy options and behavior changes crucial to their adoption.
Global Energy Justice
How can justice theory help people make meaningful decisions about the production, delivery, use, and effects of energy? The class is divided into four parts: (1) understanding the global energy system and the injustices currently associated with it; (2) exploring justice theory and what it can offer when applied to energy problems; (3) examining policy mechanisms and tools that promote energy justice; and (4) analyzing case studies around the world of where communities or countries have made remarkable gains promoting energy justice.
Global Food Security
This course explores the legal landscape of global hunger: the definition of “food security;” food security risks; global food governance organizations and legal instruments; assessing and monitoring food security; food related human rights concerns; the current status of global food security; and international NGOs’ strategies for policy advocacy against hunger.
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GPP I - Domestic Relations
This course is an introduction to the substantive law of domestic relations, including divorce, domestic violence, parental rights and responsibilities, child support, spousal maintenance, property settlements, tax consequences, and ethical considerations. Students in this course will also learn to: conduct an initial and follow-up interview of a client; draft a complaint and related documents; prepare and maintain a client file; counsel a client regarding one or more aspects of a divorce; negotiate the economic aspects of a divorce; draft a stipulation; and research and draft a short memorandum to the court. This course is required for all GPP certificate students.
GPP II - Commercial Transactions
Advice to clients respecting commercial transactions, that is, as to binding agreements between parties of all sorts involving the transfer of goods and services, lies at the core of the private practice of law. This course is an introduction to the negotiation, drafting, performance and enforcement of such agreements in a "real world" context, with a particular emphasis on the interpretation and understanding of Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code, with at least a nod to U.C.C. Articles 9 (secured transactions) and 3 (negotiable instruments) as they impact on these transactions. In the context of a law firm's actual practice, students will prepare to interview and advise clients on proposed transactions, identify and resolve legal and ethical issues, negotiate the terms of commercial contracts, draft such contracts and analyze and advise clients on issues of performance and breach.