All VLS Courses
GPP III - Representing Entrepreneurial Business
Explores the basic stages of setting up an entrepreneurial business, raising finance for it, and selling it as a going concern. Issues addressed will include understanding the basic concerns of business planning from the client's perspective, choosing the form of entity, dealing with the regulatory requirements for raising capital, and questions relating to the attorney-client relationship. Projects will include the drafting of documents for a number of simulated business transactions.
GPP IV - Estate Planning/Personal Injury
A simulation-based introduction to estate planning and probate including the law of wills, testamentary and inter vivos trusts, basic probate of wills, basic income and estate tax considerations, powers of attorney, and ethical and malpractice issues. Using a simulated personal injury action, this course also exposes students to the discovery mechanisms available in civil litigation, to effective assessment of the evidence uncovered, and to the strategic use of the evidence in litigation or negotiation of settlements.
GPP IV - Municipal Law
A simulation-based introduction to the various issues faced by lawyers representing local government entities. Students will participate in and become familiar with the procedures for challenging or defending actions taken by municipalities.
GPP IV- Bankruptcy/Landlord-Tenant
A simulation-based introduction to consumer bankruptcy. Students interview prospective bankruptcy client, prepare bankruptcy schedules, learn about the role of the bankruptcy trustee, determine the appropriate bankruptcy chapter for each client; discern whether any litigation may arise within the bankruptcy case; and argue motions on behalf of their clients. A hands-on introduction to Landlord/Tenant law. Students will complete several tasks, such as negotiating a lease agreement, and exchanging eviction pleadings.
Green Marketing Law
Consumer demand for environmental-preferential products is increasing. Whether intentional or not, the potential to greenwash consumers has also grown. In this course students will consider legal decisions and public policy questions raised by environmental claims and rapidly evolving methods of marketing – print and television to social media and mobile devices.
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Focuses on the core of today's health care litigation and regulation in the United States, and health care organization and finance. Covers public health care programs like Medicaid and Medicare; private health care finance and insurance system; liability of health care providers and institution; information privacy and physician-patient confidentiality; tax status and business forms; and the international context for the United States health care system.
Human Nature and the Law Seminar
Taking as its starting point the idea that humans are biological creatures, and that human nature and its manifestation in the law can be profitably approached from a biologically informed viewpoint, this course examines concepts of culture and other influences on social interaction that help to shape legal systems.
Covers the basics of immigration law; family and employment-based immigration categories; citizenship issues, grounds of inadmissibility/deportability; detention; removal and relief from removal. Special emphasisis placed on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and humanitarian relief under asylum law and under the Violence Against Women Act
An introduction to federal income taxation. Topics include: the concept of income; exclusions from income; deductions and credits available to individual non-business taxpayers and business taxpayers; sales and other dispositions of property; capital gains and losses.
Independent Research Project
Working under the supervision of working faculty sponsor, the IRP provides an individual student with an opportunity to research and write about an area of law in which the student has a particular interest.