​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Below are the JD requirements at Vermont Law School for the 2012-2013​ academic year. The law degree requirements include completion of required courses along with skills or clinical courses, bar courses, a perspectives course, and an advanced legal writing project. The Vermont Law School curriculum can be completed traditionally in 3 years or at an accelerated pace with the AJD program.

87 credits; 65 classroom hours

Required Courses

All of the following courses:
Course Code Course Title Credits
LIT7210 Evidence4
REQ7102 Civil Procedure I3
REQ7110 Constitutional Law I3
REQ7130 Contracts4
REQ7120 Legal Analysis and Writing I1
REQ7122 Legal Research1
REQ7150 Torts4
REQ7103 Civil Procedure II3
REQ7111 Constitutional Law II3
REQ7140 Criminal Law3
REQ7125 Legal Writing II: Theory and Practice3
REQ7160 Property4
REQ7255 Appellate Advocacy3
REQ7265 Legal Profession3

Bar Courses

At least two (2) of the following courses:
Course Code Course Title Credits
BUS6235 Corporations4
BUS6280 Sales2
CRI7262 Constitutional Criminal Procedure4
CRI7307 Criminal Procedure and Practice4
FAM7710 Estates4
FAM7715 Family Law3
GPP7806 GPP: Domestic Relations4
JUR7310 Remedies3
PUB7500 First Amendment Law3

Skills Course or Clinical Program

One (1) of the following skills courses or clinical programs:
Course Code Course Title Credits
ADR6405 Arbitration2
ADR6410 Alternative Dispute Resolution3
ADR6413 Mediation Advocacy2
ADR6415 Environmental Dispute Resolution3
ADR6416 Negotiating Environmental Agreements2
ADR6420 Negotiation2
ADR6425 Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation3
BUS6360 Introduction to eLawyering3
BUS6361 eLawyering: eDiscovery and Big Data3
BUS6362 eLawyering: Practice Management2
BUS6363 eLawyering: Automated Systems2
BUS6364 eLawyering: Virtual Practice2
CLI9302 Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic6/13
CLI9305 Land Use Law and Policy Clinic4/6
CLI9306 Land Use Clinic Class2
CLI9307 Land Use Clinic4
CLI9310 South Royalton Legal Clinic3/10
CLI9311 So. Royalton Legal Clinic - Summer4/7
CLI9323 Advanced Environmental and Natural Resource Clinic13
CLI9326 Advanced Environmental and Natural Resource Clinic6
CLI9329 Advanced Environmental and Natural Resource Clinic9
CLI9333 Advanced South Royalton Legal Clinic13
CLI9336 Advanced South Royalton Legal Clinic6
CLI9339 Advanced South Royalton Legal Clinic9
CLI9405 Dispute Resolution Clinic I4
CLI9406 Dispute Resolution Clinic II4
CLI9411 Semester in Practice11
CLI9425 JD Part-Time Externship2/9
CLI9430 Judicial Externship9/11
CRI7307 Criminal Practice and Procedure4
CRI7350 Criminal Law Clinic6
ENV5381 Agriculture and Food Entrepreneur Lawyering Skills3
GPP7806 GPP: Domestic Relations4
GPP7810 GPP: Commercial Transactions2
GPP7811 GPP: Environmental Problem Solving2
GPP7812 GPP: Real Estate Transactions2
GPP7816 GPP: Employment Law/Pre-Trial Litigation2
GPP7817 GPP: Criminal Law2
GPP7818 GPP: Representing Business2
GPP7819 GPP: Environmental Issues in Business Transactions2
GPP7821 GPP: Estates/Personal Injury2
GPP7823 GPP: Bankruptcy/Landlord-Tenant2
INT7432 Applied Human Rights3
LIT7220 Trial Practice3
LIT7318 Intensive Trial Practice2/3
PUB7520 Advanced Civil Procedure Seminar2
PUB7525 Legislative Clinic6
WRI7360 Advanced Appellate Advocacy 2
GPP7814 International Intellectual Property 2

Perspective Course

One (1) of the following perspectives courses:
Course Code Course Title Credits
BUS6333 International and Comparative Sports Law2
CRI7313 Capital Punishment Seminar2
CRI7314 Narcotics Law and Politics Seminar2
CRI7304 Sex Crimes Seminar2
DIV7606 Civil Rights Seminar2
DIV7610 Race and the Law Seminar2
DIV7615 Sexual Orientation and the Law2
DIV7620 Native Americans and the Law3
DIV7628 Indian Tribes as Governmental Stewards of the Environment2
ENV5110 Ecology of Food and Agriculture3
ENV5220 Environmental Economics and Markets3
ENV5305 Environmental Ethics Seminar2/3
ENV5306 Comparative Environmental Law Research Seminar3
ENV5307 Animals and the Law3
ENV5310 Environmental Health Law Seminar2
ENV5320Environmental Justice Seminar2
ENV5337Frontier Issues in Environmental Law and Policy2
ENV5356 Scientific Controversies2
ENV5365 Climate Change: The Power of Taxes2
ENV5370 Global Energy and Climate Policy3
ENV5406 Animal Rights Jurisprudence Law2
ENV5407 Animal Welfare and Agricultural Trade2
ENV5412 Biodiversity Protection2
ENV5442 Human Rights and the Environment2
ENV5445 Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development2
ENV5302 Animal Law2
ENV5336 Climate Change, Extinction, and Adaptation3
ENV5343 Climate Change Adaptation in Human Systems3
ENV5344 Alternative Fuels and Renewable Energy3
ENV5350 Risk Assessment3
ENV5401 Agricultural Environmental Law3
ENV5408 The Law of Animals in Agriculture3
FAM7745 MedLaw Seminar: Medical Legal Issues and Our Changing Concepts of Reproduction and the Family2
GPP7814 GPP: International Intellectual Property2
HIS7555 American Legal History: The Search for National Identity2
INT7407 Comparative Law: Comparative Legal Systems3
INT7410 French Legal Methods1
INT7411 French Corporate Law1
INT7413 European Union: Emerging Constitutional Law2
INT7421 International Environmental Law2
INT7424 International Human Rights3
INT7430 Spanish Constitutional Law2
INT7436 Genocide3
INT7437 Introduction to Chinese Law2
INT7440 Comparative U.S.-China Environmental Law2/3
INT7444 International and Comparative Environmental Law2
INT7445 European Community Environmental Law2
INT7402 Study Abroad Seminar: Canadian Legal System2
INT7412 Law of the European Union2
INT7413 European Union Law3
INT7414 European Union Law Trento1
INT7426 Comparative Constitutional Law2
JUR7307 Culture and the Environment2
JUR7315 Human Nature and the Law2
JUR7323 The Law and Popular Culture2
JUR7330 Moral Philosophy for Professionals Seminar2/3
JUR7332 Law, Lawyers and Religion2/3
JUR7350 Women and the Law Seminar2
JUR7390 Jurisprudence Tutorial1/2
JUR7333 Animal Law and Ethics3
PUB 7522 Election Law2
PUB7550 National Security Law3

Advanced Legal Writing project

One (1) of the following advanced legal writing project courses:
Course Code Course Title Credits
ADR6450 Dispute Resolution Writing Seminar2
BUS6262 Social Enterprise Law2
BUS6330 Sports Law2
CLI9302 Environmental and Natural Resources Clinic6/13
CLI9450 Land Use Clinic4/6
CLI9310/9312 South Royalton Legal Clinic6/13
​CRI7305 Advanced Criminal Law Seminar2
DIV7606 Civil Rights Seminar2
DIV7607 Constitutional Rights Litigation Seminar3
DIV7610 Race and the Law Seminar2
DIV7615 Sexual Orientation and the Law Seminar2
ENV5110 Ecology of Food and Agriculture3
ENV5212 Climate Change and the Law3
ENV5236 Advanced Natural Resources Law2
ENV5250 Watershed Management and Protection3
ENV5303 Advanced Energy Writing Seminar2
ENV5304/5306 Comparative Environmental Law Research Seminar2/1
ENV5305 Environmental Ethics Seminar2
ENV5335 Extinction2
ENV5337 Frontier Issues in Environmental Law and Policy2
ENV5310 Environmental Health Law Seminar2
ENV5342 Legal Adaptations to Global Warming2
ENV5345 Land and the Law of Takings2
ENV5349 Regulating the Marine Environment2
ENV5365 Climate Change: The Power of Taxes2
ENV5493Agricultural Biotechnology and the Law2
HIS7555 American Legal History: The Search for National Identity2
INT7407 Comparative Law: Comparative Legal Systems3
INT7413 European Union Law3
INT7424 International Human Rights3
INT7428 International Regulation of Trade3
INT7430 Spanish Constitutional Law2
INT7437 Introduction to Chinese Law2
JUR7307 Culture and the Environment2
JUR7323 Law and Popular Culture2
JUR7330 Moral Philosophy for Professionals Seminar2/3
JUR7332 Law, Lawyers and Religion2/3
JUR7350 Women and the Law2 +1 IRP
JUR7390 Jurisprudence Tutorial (with contract)1/2
PUB7550 National Security Law3
PUB7580 State and Local Government2
WRI7900 Independent Research Project1/7
WRI7950Law Review2/4
WRI7960Environmental Law Journal2/4

NoteThis page is offered as a quick, simplified glance of a complex topic. Please consult the Academic Regulations section of the 2012-2013 Student Handbook for full and official degree requirements.