All VLS Courses
Science for Environmental Law
Introduces students to the science critical to environmental law and policy, including climate science, air pollution, toxicology, and natural resource management. It also introduces students to scientific thinking and culture, and explores some of the challenges involved in effectively using science in legal and policy decision-making.
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Through case studies, this course explores the manipulation of scientific information underpinning some public policy controversies such us global climate change, abortion, homosexuality, DNA forensics, evolution, genetically modified organisms, and debates over the safety and effectiveness of prescription drugs. The course also has the broader goals of teaching the student to critically read and identify political or social bias on scientific literature.
An examination of the structure of the law of security interests in personal property from both practical and economic perspectives. The course covers the interests of all parties in secured transactions, particularly as a way of financing business.
A study of federal law and the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission concerning the registration, distribution and trading of securities, and legal and regulatory aspects of the securities industry. The course considers the responsibilities and liabilities of issuers of securities, its officers and directors, brokers, attorneys, and other participants in the distribution and trading processes, as well as issues regarding "insider" trading.
Semester in Practice (SIP)
A full-time external clinic, appropriate for students interested in self-directed learning under the supervision of an experienced mentor. Field-mentors are experienced lawyers who work with and within government, NGOs, nonprofit organizations, corporations, and law firms.
Sexual Orientation and the Law Seminar
A look at the way law and the legal systems affect the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. The class will explore domestic and international laws that sanction discrimination against the LGBT community and the struggle for equality by this community.
Social Enterprise Law
Explores which legal rules can best further enterprises that are designed to engage in profit-making activities for the purpose of promoting social goals. Will examine ways to define social enterprises; and ask whether traditional for-profit or non profit business forms can accommodate these dual mission companies or whether a new hybrid business form is needed.
South Royalton Legal Clinic
An on-campus clinic dedicated to serving Vermont residents who cannot afford private counsel. Students work under supervising attorneys representing real clients in civil cases in state and federal courts in Vermont and before administrative agencies.
Spanish Constitutional Law
An introduction to the study of comparative law that provides students with an opportunity to compare the Spanish and the American approaches to constitutional law. The seminar focuses on similarities and differences in constitutional structure, methodology, and values. Students attend lectures by leading Spanish legal scholars at VLS and at the University of Seville in Spain.
An interdisciplinary course that provides students with both practical and theoretical approaches to legal issues that affect professional and amateur sports leagues, conferences, team, and players. Topics include torts, antitrust, labor, agency, criminal, contract, immigration, and anti-discrimination laws.