Restorative Justice Specialization

With the current criminal justice system financially and ethically untenable, we need a new way to think about and respond to harm, conflict, and crime. By bringing together students committed to developing new ways of thinking about harm with national and international restorative justice leaders, Vermont Law School will educate the next generation of justice reformers.

Students wishing to specialize in restorative justice will combine traditional law courses with restorative justice courses, simulations, and experiential learning opportunities.  Graduates are prepared to become forceful and articulate agents for change in law and restorative justice. As criminal justice transforms using more restorative practices, all lawyers should understand that there's another way to look at conflict and conflict avoidance. Restorative justice courses include:

  • Restorative Justice Theory and Practice
  • Origins, Evolution, and Critical Issues in Restorative Justice
  • Adversity, Trauma, and Victimization
  • Criminal Law
  • Organizational Dynamics and Change
  • New Approaches in Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Restorative Justice in Educational Institutions
  • Restorative and Responsive Human Services
  • Public Speaking for Advocates
  • First Nations and Indigenous Practices
  • International Transitional Justice
  • Ethics of Restorative Justice or Moral Philosophy

The Restorative Justice Program is lead by Professor Robert Sand, founder and director of the Center for Justice Reform at Vermont Law School. The Center for Justice Reform brings enhanced curricular attention to cutting-edge criminal justice issues and organizes conferences, presentations, and lectures related to justice reform efforts.