All VLS Courses
A comprehensive introduction to copyright law that examines the historical foundations of copyright and related intellectual property law, U.S. treaty obligations, policies and case law that shape not only the traditional areas of copyright law, but also the often controversial relationship between copyright and technology in the digital age.
Corporate Finance/Mergers and Acquisitions
Explores legal and financial issues relating to the capital structure and financing of corporations, including various types of securities and the rights and legal relationships among the holders of such securities; and business and legal considerations with respect to dividends and distributions to shareholders. This course also considers the planning, structure and implementation in connection with mergers and acquisitions, and the role of the business lawyer in corporate transactions.
Corporations and Other Business Associations
Provides a basic understanding of the different organizational forms for businesses, including corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, general partnerships and sole proprietorships. The course also examines the law of agency, and surveys selected topics, such as basic accounting principles, business formation, financing, dissolution, and securities regulation.
This course focuses on the foundation of our system of substantive criminal law, with emphasis upon mental state, responsibility, justification and excuse, inchoate crimes, and liability for the conduct of another.
Criminal Law Clinic
In this clinic students have the option of working either in the prosecution or in the defense of criminal law matters, under the supervision of experienced prosecutors and defense attorneys in Vermont. All clinicians, regardless of assignment, meet together for a joint classroom component.
Criminal Procedure and Practice A
The course covers a broad range of topics in constitutional criminal procedure law and criminal practice, including topics under the 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th amendments to the U.S. Constitution, federal criminal statutes, and Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. The course is designed to provide both a basic grounding in the criminal procedure jurisprudence relevant for the bar exam and an understanding of the application of this jurisprudence to criminal practice.
Criminal Procedure and Practice B
A basic course on Constitutional Criminal Procedure, with comprehensive consideration of topics under the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Among the topics considered are search and seizure law including probable cause to search and arrest, the warrant requirement and its exceptions, and the exclusionary rule; custodial interrogation, confessions and the privilege against self-incrimination; double jeopardy; the right to counsel and effective assistance of counsel; the death penalty and the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishments; lineups and other forms of pretrial identification.
Culture and the Environment
Interdisciplinary seminar that combines the study of cultural ecology with legal anthropology. The course examines the historical roots of the current environmental crisis in the development of agriculture, urbanization and industrialization. The course focuses on the political and cultural challenges of climate change in other historical periods and the challenges that global warming presents in different parts of the world.
Current Topics in International Law
This seminar will provide a vehicle for exploring "hot topics" in international law, with the specific focus shifting from year to year.
Debtor-Creditor Law and Bankruptcy
An exploration of consumer bankruptcy law under Chapters 7, 12, and 13 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and how the law impacts the rights of borrowers and lenders. The course covers the creation of consumer lender-borrower relationships, including promissory notes, security agreements, and mortgages; rights of borrowers under the Truth in Lending Act, RESPA, and other consumer protection laws; creditor remedies; and exemption statutes under state and federal law.