All VLS Courses
GPP II - Employment Law/Pre-Trial Litigation
Disputes between employers and their employees have given rise to a specialized area of law. This course explores the anatomy of a lawsuit by challenging students to learn substantive employment principles and apply those principles to a highly charged dispute. Students learn pretrial strategies by representing either the employer or the employee from the initial client contact until the eve of trial. They will conduct the interview of a difficult client, draft a complaint, answer, and demand letter, conduct a negotiation and draft a pretrial brief in the course of their representation.
GPP II - Environmental Issues In Business Transactions
An exploration of the types of environmental risks and issues that are commonly confronted in a variety of business-related transactions such as the acquisition of all a company’s stock, asset purchases, real estate deals, leases and financings. Special focus on how the environmental issues in transactions are identified and managed in 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 III - Criminal Law
This segment of the GPP is taught through the life cycle of a criminal case from the offense and investigation through sentencing. Classes focus on substantive law as related to the case study fact patterns presented. Students act as prosecutors and defense attorneys. Students will present bail hearings and sentencing hearings, and will have two written assignments based on their case files. Most classes will also include discussions of practical ethical issues that arise in criminal cases. Students may expect to develop a solid understanding of how a typical criminal case proceeds. Final grades are based on the two hearings, two written assignments, and class participation.
GPP III - International Intellectual Property
In today's economy, the transfer of intellectual property rights plays an important role in domestic and international trade, particularly in the software and entertainment industries. This course will introduce students to the legal and ethical issues involved in the production of creative and artistic works across national boundaries. Students will develop a strong understanding of the primary sources of international copyright law, and the influence of culture on country practices involving protection of intellectual property. Students will advise their client on a particular transaction involving the creation of an artistic work, research and resolve legal and ethical issues, and negotiate and draft select documents. Satisfies perspective requirement.
GPP III - Representing Entrepreneurial Business
This course will explore the basic stages of setting up an entrepreneurial business, raising finance for it, and selling it as a going concern. Issues addressed will include understanding the basic concerns of business planning from the client’s perspective, choosing the form of entity, dealing with the regulatory requirements for raising capital, and questions relating to the attorney-client relationship. Projects will include the drafting of documents for a number of simulated business transactions. Skills emphasized include interviewing, drafting instruments and agreements, research on legal and business topics, and business planning fundamentals. Ethical issues are raised and resolved.
GPP IV - Estate Planning/Personal Injury
This course combines two courses: Estate Planning is an introduction to estate planning and probate including the law of wills, testamentary and intervivos trusts, basic probate of wills, basic income and estate tax considerations, powers of attorney, and ethical and malpractice issues. Students in this segment will learn to draft a simple will and simple trust for surviving spouse and minor children, conduct a client intake interview, probate a basic estate, and prepare a durable power of attorney, health care power of attorney, and living will. In Personal Injury, students will represent either the plaintiff or the defendant in a personal injury claim. And will focus on the collection and assessment of evidence that takes place during the early stages of civil litigation. Students will learn about the discovery mechanisms available in civil litigation generally, and, more specifically, about the information sharing process between the lawyer, the client, the medical experts and the insurance companies in a personal injury case. Students will draft interrogatories and other discovery documents, conduct a deposition, and manage medical documents and evidence. At the end of the process, students will analyze the available information in order to assess the likelihood of success of the claim at trial, and to make a recommendation regarding settlement. Ethical and professional responsibility issues will be discussed throughout the segment.
GPP IV - Municipal Law
Representing a client at the municipal level is a challenge like no other in the law. A good attorney must be prepared for everything in forums that occasionally rely more on group sentiment and politics than procedure and rigor. Yet, municipal work is often the most rewarding as the work here as immediate and profound impacts on the community. This course is an introduction to the various issues faced by lawyers representing local government entities. Students will become familiar with the procedures for challenging or defending actions taken by municipalities. Assignments will challenge students to navigate between charter, statutory, bylaw and constitutional obligations. They will draft legal opinions for municipal staff, attend a municipal meeting, and conduct a mock selectboard meeting on a contested issue as well as drafting supporting memoranda on that issue.
Focuses on the core of today's health care litigation and regulation in the United States, and health care organization and finance. Covers public health care programs like Medicaid and Medicare; private health care finance and insurance system; liability of health care providers and institution; information privacy and physician-patient confidentiality; tax status and business forms; and the international context for the United States health care system.
Human Nature and the Law Seminar
Taking as its starting point the idea that humans are biological creatures, and that human nature and its manifestation in the law can be profitably approached from a biologically informed viewpoint, this course examines concepts of culture and other influences on social interaction that help to shape legal systems.
Covers the basics of immigration law; family and employment-based immigration categories; citizenship issues, grounds of inadmissibility/deportability; detention; removal and relief from removal. Special emphasisis placed on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and humanitarian relief under asylum law and under the Violence Against Women Act