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Clinical Courses

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Find courses offered by the renowned clinics at Vermont Law School, from the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic to the Dispute Resolution clinic.​

Clinical Courses

9302/Environmental Advocacy Clinic

The EAC is a public interest environmental law firm. Student clinicians work on behalf of environmental and conservation organizations under the supervision of clinical faculty. In addition to work on cases, students attend weekly staff meetings and a weekly seminar.

9310/South Royalton Legal Clinic Full Time

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.

9311/South Royalton Legal Clinic Summer

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.

9312/South Royalton Legal Clinic Part Time

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.

9318/Environmental Justice Clinic

This clinic works on behalf of community-based organizations on administrative cases and projects: administrative complaints, petitions, and comments; litigation; and legislation. The docket includes cases under civil rights and environmental statutes, and supports community based movements challenging the impacts of industrial agriculture and other contamination on communities of color and low-income communities.

9319/Climate Justice Practicum

The Climate Justice Practicum is a collaboration between VLS and Yale School of Public Health and the Yale School of Environment Studies. Students work in interdisciplinary teams, with partner organizations, on applied projects involving law, public policy, and public health that address the full range of climate justice issues.

9326/Advanced Environmental Advocacy Clinic 6

Students will further develop their understanding of law, broad philosophical, economic and scientific underpinnings of their work, and lawyering skills introduced in their initial ENRLC experience. Students will be expected to take greater responsibility for cases and to mentor novice clinicians. Enrollment is by permission of the clinic director. Credits awarded are appropriate for the number of clinic hours worked.

9333/Advanced South Royalton Legal Clinic 3

Students will further develop their understanding of law, broad philosophical, economic and scientific underpinnings of their work, and lawyering skills introduced in their initial SRLC experience. Students will be expected to take greater responsibility for cases and to mentor novice clinicians. Enrollment is by permission of the clinic director. Credits awarded are appropriate for the number of clinic hours worked

9411/Semester in Practice

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, NGO's, non-profit organizations, corporations and law firms.

9412/Semester In Practice Seminar

The first (a required orientation) of the 10 seminar classes that make up the classroom component of the SiP/ESW is held at the end of the semester prior to that in which the student is enrolled. Other classes are conducted on-line during the practicum semester.

9425/JD Part Time Externship

Provides an opportunity to obtain field based experience on a part-time basis. Students must work three hours per week for 15 weeks for each credit earned, and may earn from four to six credits depending on the time committed. Students meet regularly with their faculty sponsors for evaluation and reflection of their experience.

9427/Energy Clinic

Provides an opportunity to obtain field based experience on a part-time basis. A JD skills class.

9428/Food and Agriculture Clinic

Provides an opportunity to obtain field based experience on a part-time basis.  A JD skills class.

9430/Judicial Externship

Places students in judges’ chambers, where students learn about the process of judicial decision making by observing the function of a court. Students work with the supervising judge to develop legal skills such as writing, research, and analytical skills. All judicial externship students complete an Academic Component which concentrates on judicial and legal ethics, judicial philosophy and history; decision making and judicial discretion and judicial opinion writing.

9431/Judicial Externship Class

Required companion course for all students enrolled in CLI9430.

9432/L.L.M. Externship

Provides students with a first-hand field experience in the environmental area. Non-profit groups; international, federal, state and local government agencies; law firms, and consulting firms are among the many organizations from all over the world to sponsor LLM internships. All internships are supervised by a faculty sponsor and an on-site supervisor.

9437/Advanced Energy Clinic

Provides an opportunity to obtain field based experience on a part-time basis.

9438/Advanced Food and Agriculture Clinic

Provides an opportunity to obtain field based experience on a part-time basis.

9440/MELP Externship

Provide MELP students with field experience in the environmental area.  Under the supervision of a faculty sponsor and an on-site supervisor, students can intern in non-profit groups; international, federal, state and local government agencies; law firms, and consulting firms all over the world.