All VLS Courses
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.
GPP I - Domestic Relations
A simulation-based 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.
GPP II - Commercial Transactions
A simulation-based introduction to the negotiation, drafting, performance and enforcement of such agreements in a simulation context, with a particular emphasis on the interpretation and understanding of Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code, and an overview of the impact of U.C.C. Articles 9 (secured transactions) and 3 (negotiable instruments) as they impact on these transactions.
GPP II - Employment Law/Pre-Trial Litigation
Explores the anatomy of a lawsuit by challenging students to learn substantive employment principles and apply those principles to an employment dispute. Students learn pretrial strategies by representing either the employer or the employee from the initial client contact until the eve of trial.
GPP II - Environmental Issues In Business Transactions
Designed to explore the types of environmental risks that are commonly confronted in a variety of business transactions. Special focus is devoted to how the environmental issues in transactions are identified, managed, and addressed n the course of a deal. The unique environmental issues associated with the purchase and redevelopment of contaminated properties or so-called "Brownfield sites" are also covered.
GPP II - Real Estate Transactions
A simulation-based survey of real estate transactions. Students search, review, and analyze titles; counsel clients; negotiate real estate transactions; and draft of documents for real estate closings.
GPP III - Criminal Law
This simulation-based course provides exposure to the process and procedure of criminal trial court. Students act as prosecutors and defense attorneys in a criminal matter, from arraignment and bail hearing through plea bargain. Students draft motions, engage in plea negotiations, and perform bail, plea, and sentencing hearings.
GPP III - International Intellectual Property
An introduction to the legal issues involved in the production of creative and artistic works across national boundaries. Students advise simulated clients on substantive international copyright policy issues and a complete a cross border transaction relevant to the creation of an artistic work.