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.

Criminal Law

Criminal Law

Taught by Robert Sand

This course focuses on the foundation of our system of substantive criminal law, with emphasis upon mental state, responsibility, justification and excuse, inchoate crimes, and liability for the conduct of another.

Robert L. Sand is the elected State’s Attorney for Windsor County, Vermont, and an adjunct professor of criminal law at Vermont Law School. He is a 1980 graduate of Hamilton College and a 1987 graduate of the Vermont Law School, magna cum laude, where he served as the managing editor of the Vermont Law Review. He is a past member of the Vermont Law School Board of Trustees.


Legal Research

Taught by Jane Woldow

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 Jared Carter

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.