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Distance Learning Texts
Books for distance learning courses at Vermont Law School. Click on course for textbook information.

Administrative Law Administrative Law
The goal of Administrative Law is to provide students with a working knowledge of the general principles of administrative law, a general knowledge of the workings of bureaucratic institutions, and an understanding of the critiques of government.
Alternative Fuels & Renewable Energy Alternative Fuels & Renewable Energy

Students in this course will explore the emerging field of renewable and alternative energy supplies. With an eye toward the impacts of climate change on both natural systems and the possible interference climate change may wreck on current energy production,


Climate Change Adaptation in Human Systems
Impacts of climate change on human systems - infrastructure, property, and possessions - poses both a challenge to law, and an illustration of how the law and legal institutions evolve in response to major social changes.

Climate Change and the Law Climate Change and the Law
This class will provide a basic introduction to the science and economics of climate change, as well as the emerging laws and policies intended to control GHGs.

Climate Change Mitigation Climate Change Mitigation
This class will draw upon the material from the introductory class and delve more deeply into the legal, political and scientific issues surrounding local, national and international efforts to mitigate the sources of GHG.
Climate Change, Extinction and Adaptation

In this course, students examine the ecological, social and ethical consequences of climate change impacts on the natural world. THERE ARE NO REQUIRED BOOKS TO PURCHASE FOR THIS CLASS. ANY MATERIALS NEEDED WILL BE PROVIDED.


MELP Externships are designed to give students first-hand field experience in the environmental area. The best experiences integrate legal, scientific, policy, and ethical issues. 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 MELP externships.



Communications, Advocacy & Leadership Communications, Advocacy & Leadership

A successful environmental professional needs to possess the ability to advocate, counsel, investigate, persuade, research, and educate. This course will develop those skills through various writing and oral advocacy projects. The class will focus extensively on the craft of writing well.

Energy Law & Policy Energy Law & Policy
The energy industry is both a key to the life that billions seek and America's most significant source of pollution. This course examines key issues in American energy policy, and searches for ways to resolve or ease the strains, which that policy puts upon environmental sustainability.
Energy Regulation & The Environment Energy Regulation & The Environment
Builds on the course Energy Law & Policy in a Carbon-Constrained World by exposing students to the legal, economic and structural issues involved in energy regulation and energy markets focusing on electricity. 

Environmental Dispute Resolution Environmental Dispute Resolution
This course explores the characteristics of environmental disputes, examines alternative dispute resolution processes (including mediation, arbitration, negotiated rulemaking, and facilitation).
Environmental Economics & Markets Environmental Economics & Markets
This course develops a student’s capacity to evaluate natural resource management and pollution challenges through the lens of economics. Economics is a social science that seeks to explain how individuals and groups address the scarcity challenge—too few available resources to meet unlimited wants.

Environmental Law Environmental Law
This course is an introduction to the law of pollution control, management of hazardous materials, and preservation of natural resources, with a particular emphasis on major federal environmental statutes, including the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Superfund.
This course addresses the legal landscape of global hunger, and the ways in which climate change, population growth and economic inequality intersect with food security law and policy challenges. First, we’ll address how “food security” and “hunger” are defined and measured for policy-making purposes.

Approved for Master’s credit only.


Intro to Law & Policy of Agriculture, Food & Env
Introduction to the Law and Policy of Agriculture, Food and the Environment This survey course brings together American law impacting agriculture and food and explores the traditional divisions between agriculture, food, and environmental regulation.


LLM Seminar
This seminar ranges widely over environmental law and policy, exploring diverse advanced topics and viewpoints, and entailing vigorous discussion of the leading environmental law and policy issues of our day. Each student will also complete a mini-thesis in which they will develop their own analysis perspective or solution to a problem in environmental law and policy. THERE ARE NO REQUIRED TEXTS FOR THIS COURSE. CLICK FOR ONE BOOK RECOMMENDED ONLY.

Law & Policy of Local Food Systems
NO TEXTBOOKS. This course explores state and local policies that impact distribution of food, restaurant regulation, and comparisons of state-level initiatives to bolster local food markets. Students will be exposed to specific skills for small and mid-size producers and entrepreneurs working in the agricultural and food industries. Finally, students will examine the state and local food laws and emerging entrepreneurial trends in food production. As state and local governments often control and implement even sweeping federal laws, students will explore the ground-level realities of working in the new food economy.
Natural Resources Law Natural Resources Law
One third of the nation's land base belongs to the American public and is managed by the United States Forest Service and agencies of the Department of the Interior. Through this course students will examine the statutes and regulations governing the management of the federal lands and their resources.

Oil and Gas Development

This course reviews oil and gas regulation, both up and down stream, in the United States and around the world. With an eye toward the hot issue of the day – Fracking, the proposed natural gas pipeline through, Middle East oil reserves and trade, and so forth – this course gives students a clearer understanding of the legal regime that makes the oil and gas exploration, extraction, refining, distribution and sale markets work around the world. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PURCHASE ANY WRITTEN MATERIALS FOR THIS COURSE - THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE COURSE SITE.

Regulation & Legislation Survey Regulation & Legislation Survey
This course will provide students an introduction to the legislative process, regulatory agencies, and agency law-making. Students will learn to navigate modern U.S. government institutions and processes, with a particular emphasis on the legislative process and the administrative state.

Science for Environmental Law Science for Environmental Law
This is an integrative science that can provide insight into many contemporary environmental problems. Through visits to a variety of field sites in central Vermont, readings, and lectures, this course will explore the principles of ecology using a hands-on approach.
Federal Regulation of Food & Ag
No required texts.

This course provides an overview of the U.S. Farm Bill and other federal laws that impact growing policy, animal husbandry, and food production. Students will examine federal farm and agriculture law with specific emphasis on the Farm Bill and its myriad of agriculture, nutrition and environmental programs. This course will explore the ways in which the Farm Bill, the single largest funding source for everything from childhood nutrition to land trust acquisition.

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