AJD Textbooks - YEAR 1

Students taking the accelerated JD program will need the following books for their summer courses at Vermont Law School.


Contracts

Contracts

Taught by David Firestone

This course examines in detail the requisite elements of a valid contract, while analyzing the effects of contracts on third parties and the impact of outside forces on contracting parties.

Professor David Firestone is an expert in environmental law, contracts, and international and comparative environmental law.

Leg/Reg

Taught by Cynthia Lewis

This course provides an introduction to legislation and regulation and the role each plays in the administrative state.   You will learn to navigate modern U.S. government institutions and processes, with a particular emphasis on understanding the methods and scope of authority of the different branches and levels of government.  Your study begins with legislation and includes: the legislative process; statutory text and purpose; theories of statutory interpretation; and canons of statutory construction.  You will examine the constitutional framework defining the relationship between Congress, regulatory agencies, and the President.




Legal Research

Taught by Christine Ryan

Introduction to legal research tools and strategies relevant for law school as well as legal practice. Topics include legal authority, the use of primary and secondary sources, effective use of LexisNexis, Westlaw, and other electronic databases, and the role of the Internet in legal research. Emphasis is placed on appropriate and effective research strategies and evaluation of sources, both print and electronic.

 

 

THERE ARE NO REQUIRED TEXTS FOR THIS COURSE BEYOND THE BLUE BOOK (required for Legal Writing I).

Legal Writing

Legal Writing

Taught by Joe Brennan

An introduction to the three fundamental skills needed for the pursuit of a legal career: research, reasoning, and writing. The early emphasis is on basic writing skills to eliminate language problems and to begin to develop clear, fluid writing. Students also learn rudimentary legal writing skills, including citing, identifying legally significant facts, formulating issues, and reasoning by analogy.

 


Torts

Torts

Taught by Joan Vogel

This course presents the study of the legal protection afforded against interference by others with the security of one's person, property, or intangible interests.