All VLS Courses
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.
State and Local Government
Examines the interaction between federal, state and local governments, with particular attention to resource management, pollution control, and human rights. The course also covers non-state jurisdictions such as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Indian Country.
Study Abroad Seminar: Canadian Legal System
Designed to increase study abroad opportunities for students, the specific content taught at VLS is based on the Canadian Legal System.
Sustainable Community Planning in Practice
Covers key issues that can be addressed at the community level as components of effective local land use planning. Reviews regulatory and nonregulatory tools to implement plans and examines topics such as the evolution of land use planning, and smart growth and its barriers.
The Law and Popular Culture
Explores images of law and lawyers in popular films as well as the influences of popular film upon legal practice. Topics studied through the films include Legal Actors and Institutions --such as Law Students, Lawyers and Legal Ethics, Clients, Witnesses, Judges and Juries-- and legal subject matter areas, such as Tort Law, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Family Law, Business Law, International Law and Military Law.
The Law of Animals in Agriculture
Covers the evolution and regulation of animal agriculture in America, contrasted with farmed animal welfare policies in other developed nations. Will evaluate the long-term sustainability of CAFO food production specifically and animal food production generally. Students will explore the pressures from increased international trade in agricultural products.
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The Modern Farm Bill
An introduction to the policies and legal authorities included in the Farm Bill that Congress re-evaluates every 5 years. This course will demonstrate the impact of a modern farm bill on private working lands and consumers. International trade, clean energy, forestry, rural development, and overall food policies will be reviewed.
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