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Virtual Summer Session at Vermont Law School

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Vermont Law School's expansive summer program has transitioned its courses to offer flexible, online and virtual live courses for summer 2020. The program allows students to earn a summers-only degree, transfer credits to another institution, or take classes for continuing education. With over 45 summer classes in environmental law, restorative justice, energy regulation, food and agriculture law, and traditional JD courses such as torts, contracts, and evidence.

 

Virtual Live Summer Classes

The following classes will be held in a virtual live "synchronous" format. This method of instruction is best if you seek the traditional classroom experience. You will join a class at a specific day and time. Class registration is subject to approval and capacity limits. 

Term 1: May 26 - June 11

Term 2: June 15-25

Term 3: July 6-16

Term 4: July 20-30

Friday Courses: June 5 - July 31

Full Semester: May 26 - August 7

  • Appellate Advocacy (3 cr) - May 26 to August 9, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Contracts (4 cr) - May 26 to August 6, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • Estates (4 cr) - May 26 to June 30, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Evidence (4 cr) - May 27 to August 8, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
  • Family Law (3 cr) - May 27 to August 8, Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Legal Research (1 cr) - May 27 to August 5, Wednesdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.
  • Legal Writing (1 cr) - June 1 to August 3, Mondays, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.
  • Legislation and Regulation (3 cr) - May 26 to August 6, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Torts (4 cr) - Fridays, May 29 to August 7 11:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., and Mondays and Wednesdays May 27 to August 5 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

 

Online Summer Classes

The following classes are held in an online "asynchronous" format. This method of instruction is best if work, family, or other circumstances prevent you from logging on at a specific time. Classes are broken into modules which become available each Monday and end on Sunday. Class registration is subject to approval and capacity limits.

Term 1: May 11 - June 28

Term 2: July 6 - August 23

Full Semester: May 11 - August 23

 

Classes by Specialty

Environmental - Live "Synchronous"

Term 1: May 26 - June 11

Term 2: June 15-25

Term 3: July 6-16

Term 4: July 20-30

Friday Courses June 5 - July 31

Environmental - Online "Asynchronous"

Term 1: May 11 - June 28

Term 2: July 6 - August 23

Restorative Justice - Live "Synchronous"

Term 1: May 26 - June 11

Term 2: June 15-25

Restorative Justice - Online "Asynchronous"

Term 1: May 11 - June 28

Term 2: July 6 - August 23

Juris Doctor - Live "Synchronous"

Full Semester: May 26 - August 7

  • Advanced Writing Seminar (3 cr) - May 11 to June 28
  • Appellate Advocacy (3 cr) - May 26 to August 9, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Contracts (4 cr) - May 26 to August 6, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • Estates (4 cr) - May 26 to June 30, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Evidence (4 cr) - May 27 to August 8, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
  • Family Law (3 cr) - May 27 to August 8, Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Legal Research (1 cr) - May 27 to August 5, Wednesdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.
  • Legal Writing (1 cr) - June 1 to August 3, Mondays, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.
  • Legislation and Regulation (3 cr) - May 26 to August 6, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Torts (4 cr) - Fridays, May 29 to August 7 11:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., and Mondays and Wednesdays May 27 to August 5 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Juris Doctor - Online "Asynchronous"

Full Semester: May 11 - August 23

 

Application and Registration Instructions

Who is Eligible?

These are graduate level courses; normally, only those with undergraduate degrees will be considered for registration. However, undergraduate students may enroll with the director's permission. Law and graduate students currently enrolled at other institutions are eligible. Credits transfer at the discretion of the receiving school. Check with your institution if they will accept transfer credits from VLS. Class registration is subject to approval and capacity limits.

Non-Degree Students or Transfer Credit

APPLICATION: If you are interested in taking classes as a non-degree student or to transfer credits to your home institution Apply Here.
REGISTRATION: Once your application has been submitted and approved, you will be allowed to register beginning on May 1, 2020.

Degree Seeking Students

APPLICATION: If you are interested in a Master's or LLM degree program or if you wish to combine one with your JD degree, please Apply Here.
REGISTRATION: Once your application is reviewed, you will receive more information on the steps to enroll.

 

Financial Aid

Students wanting to borrow federal loan funding to cover their Summer educational expenses must have completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA and be enrolled in at least 3 credits counting towards their JD, Masters, and/or LLM Degree. Should they need it, cost of living funding is available and calculated for students based on the total number of days they are enrolled during the Summer semester. For those students taking VLS courses towards a degree at another institution, you will want to contact our financial aid office at finaid@vermontlaw.edu. We will be sure to coordinate with your institution’s financial aid office to help you access federal loans to help cover your expenses with us.

 

Tuition and Fees

Tuition must be paid prior to the first day of class. No payment plans are offered during Summer Session. Students should inform the Registrar immediately in writing registrar@vermontlaw.edu of a decision to withdraw prior to the start of a class. Interest on unpaid balances will accrue at 12 percent per annum. Registration and transcript holds may also occur. All students (degree seeking and non-degree seeking) who are enrolled in the Summer Session program are charged a non-refundable $205.00 Summer Student Administrative Fee.

Tuition Rates per Credit (classes are 1, 2, or 3 credits)
$1,345.00 For-credit rate for VLS master's or LLM credits
$1,615.00 For-credit rate for VLS JD credits
$1,345.00 For-credit rate for transfer credits
$200.00 Audit* rate for VLS alumni/ae
$400.00 Audit* rate for all others

*In order to audit a class, the registration must be approved by the ELC and the class professor. Only synchronous "live virtual" classes are available to audit and some classes are not appropriate for auditing.