JD Degree Requirements

​​​Required courses are subject to change. For more​ information, please view the latest Academic Regulations or contact the Office of the Registrar: registrar@vermontlaw.edu​​.​


​​87 credits​​

Required Courses

All of the following courses:
Course Code Course Title Credits
REQ7255 Appellate Advocacy 3
REQ7104 Civil Procedure I 2
REQ7103 Civil Procedure II 3
REQ7112 Constitutional Law 4
REQ7130 Contracts 4
REQ7140 Criminal Law 3
LIT7210 Evidence 4
REQ7120 Legal Analysis and Writing I 1
REQ7122 Legal Research 1
REQ7125 Legal Writing II: Theory and Practice 3
REQ7186 Legislation and Regulation 3
REQ7265 Professional Responsibility 3
REQ7160 Property 3
REQ7150 Torts 4

Bar Courses

At least two (2) of the following courses:
Course Code Course Title Credits
BUS6235 Corporations 4
CRI7262 Constitutional Criminal Procedure 4
CRI7307 Criminal Practice and Procedure 4
FAM7710 Estates 4
FAM7715 Family Law 3
PUB7500 First Amendment Law 3
BUS6280 Sales 2

Experiential Courses

At least six (6) ​​credits from the following experiential courses:
Course Code Course Title Credits
CLI9302 Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic 6/13
CLI9305 Land Use Law and Policy Clinic 4/6
CLI9306 Land Use Clinic Class 2
CLI9307 Land Use Clinic 4
CLI9310 South Royalton Legal Clinic FT 10
CLI9311 South Royalton Legal Clinic - Summer 6-9
CLI9312 South Royalton Legal Clinic PT 3
CLI9315 South Royalton Legal Clinic Class 3
CLI9316 South Royalton Legal Clinic Class - Summer 3
CLI9323 Advanced Environmental and Natural Resources Clinic 13
CLI9326 Advanced Environmental and Natural Resources Clinic 6
CLI9329 Advanced Environmental and Natural Resources Clinic 9
CLI9333 Advanced South Royalton Legal Clinic 13
CLI9336 Advanced South Royalton Legal Clinic 6
CLI9339 Advanced South Royalton Legal Clinic 9
CLI9405 Dispute Resolution Clinic I 4
CLI9406 Dispute Resolution Clinic II 4
CLI9411 Semester in Practice (SIP) 11
CLI9412 Semester in Practice (SIP) Class 2
CLI9425 JD Part-Time Externship 2/9
CLI9427 Energy Clinic 4
CLI9428 Food and Agriculture Clinic 4
CLI9430 Judicial Externship 9/11
CLI9431 Judicial Externship Class 2
CLI9437 Advanced Energy Clinic 4
CLI9450 Land Use Clinic 6
CRI7350 Criminal Law Clinic 6
PUB7525 Legislative Clinic 6

Perspective Course

One (1) of the following perspectives courses:
Course Code Course Title Credits
BUS6333 International and Comparative Sports Law 2
CRI7304 Sex Crimes Seminar 2
CRI7313 Capital Punishment Seminar 2
CRI7314 Narcotics Law and Politics Seminar 2
DIV7606 Civil Rights Seminar 2
DIV7610 Race and the Law Seminar 2
DIV7615 Sexual Orientation and the Law 2
DIV7620 Native Americans and the Law 3
DIV7628 Indian Tribes as Governmental Stewards of the Environment 2
ENV5110 Ecology of Food and Agriculture 3
ENV5220 Environmental Economics and Markets 3
ENV5302 Animal Law 2
ENV5305 Environmental Ethics Seminar 2/3
ENV5306 Comparative Environmental Law Research Seminar 3
ENV5307 Animals and ​the Law 3
ENV5310 Environmental Health Law Seminar 2
ENV5320 Environmental Justice Seminar 2
ENV5336 Climate Change, Extinction, and Adaptation 3
ENV5337 Frontier Issues in Environmental Law and Policy 2
ENV5343 Climate Change Adaptation in Human Systems 3
ENV5344 Alternative Fuels and Renewable Energy 3
ENV5350 Risk Assessment 3
ENV5356 Scientific Controversies 2
ENV5365 Climate Change: The Power of Taxes 2
ENV5370 Global Energy and Climate Policy 3
ENV5401 Agricultural Environmental Law 3
ENV5406 Animal Rights Jurisprudence Law 2
ENV5407 Animal Welfare and Agricultural Trade 2
ENV5408 The Law of Animals in Agriculture 3
ENV5412 Biodiversity Protection 2
ENV5442 Human Rights and the Environment 2
ENV5445 Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development 2
FAM7745 MedLaw: Issues and Concepts of Reproduction and Family 2
GPP7814 GPP: International Intellectual Property 2
HIS7555 American Legal History: The Search for National Identity 2
INT7402 Study Abroad Seminar: Canadian Legal System 2
INT7407 Comparative Law: Comparative Legal Systems 3
INT7410 French Legal Methods 1
INT7411 French Corporate Law 1
INT7412 Law of the European Union 2
INT7413 European Union Law 2
INT7414 European Union Law Trento 1
INT7421 International Environmental Law and Policy 2
INT7424 International Human Rights 3
INT7426 Comparative Constitutional Law 2
INT7430 Spanish Constitutional Law 2
INT7436 Genocide 3
INT7437 Introduction to Chinese Law 2
INT7440 Comparative U.S.-China Environmental Law 2/3
INT7444 International and Comparative Environmental Law 2
INT7445 European Community Environmental Law 2
JUR7307 Culture and the Environment 2
JUR7315 Human Nature and the Law 2
JUR7323 The Law and Popular Culture 2
JUR7330 Moral Philosophy for Professionals Seminar 2/3
JUR7332 Law, Lawyers and Religion 2/3
JUR7333 Animal Law and Ethics 3
JUR7350 Women and the Law Seminar 2
JUR7390 Jurisprudence Tutorial 1/2
PUB7522 Election Law 2
PUB7550 National Security Law 3

Advanced Legal Writing project

One (1) of the following advanced legal writing project courses:
Course Code Course Title Credits
ADR6450 Advanced Dispute Resolution Writing Seminar 2
BUS6262 Social Enterprise Law 2
BUS6330 Sports Law 2
CLI9302 Environmental and Natural Resources Clinic 6/13
CLI9310/9312 South Royalton Legal Clinic 6/13
​CLI9450 Land Use Clinic 4/6
CRI7305 Advanced Criminal Law Seminar 2
DIV7606 Civil Rights Seminar 2
DIV7607 Constitutional Rights Litigation 3
DIV7610 Race and the Law Seminar 2
DIV7615 Sexual Orientation and the Law Seminar 2
ENV5110 Ecology of Food and Agriculture 3
ENV5212 Climate Change and the Law 3
ENV5236 Advanced Natural Resources Law 2
ENV5250 Watershed Management and Protection 3
ENV5303 Advanced Energy Writing Seminar 2
ENV5304/5306 Comparative Environmental Law Research Seminar 2/1
ENV5305 Environmental Ethics Seminar 2
ENV5310 Environmental Health Law Seminar 2
ENV5335 Extinction and Climate Change 2
ENV5337 Frontier Issues in Environmental Law and Policy 2
ENV5342 Legal Adaptation to Global Warming 2
ENV5345 Land and the Law of Takings 2
ENV5349 Regulating the Marine Environment 2
ENV5365 Climate Change: The Power of Taxes 2
ENV5493 Agricultural Biotechnology and the Law​​ 2
HIS7555 American Legal History: The Search for National Identity 2
INT7407 Comparative Law: Comparative Legal Systems 3
INT7413 European Union Law 3
INT7424 International Human Rights 3
INT7428 International Regulation of Trade 3
INT7430 Spanish Constitutional Law 2
INT7437 Introduction to Chinese Law 2
JUR7307 Culture and the Environment 2
JUR7323 Law and Popular Culture 2
JUR7330 Moral Philosophy for Professionals Seminar 2/3
JUR7332 Law, Lawyers and Religion 2/3
JUR7350 Women and the Law Seminar 2 +1 IRP
JUR7390 Jurisprudence Tutorial 1/2
PUB7550 National Security Law 3
PUB7580 State and Local Government 2
WRI7900 Independent Research Project 1/7
WRI7950 Law Review 2/4
WRI7960 Vermont Journal of Environmental Law​ 2/4

​This page is offered as a quick, simplified glance of a complex topic. Please consult the Academic Regulations for full and official degree requirements.​