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General Practice Program

The General Practice Program (GPP) complements the traditional JD curriculum, preparing students to be general practitioners who must provide a range of legal services. The program also provides an alternative for those students who learn best in a hands-on manner. The program meshes substantive law with professional skills; classes are structured to simulate a law firm with professors acting as senior partners, overseeing the student “associates” as they perform a broad range of legal activities—leading role-playing clients through divorce proceedings, conducting real estate closings, handling employment cases, producing wills, and preparing for civil and criminal court appearances. Students are exposed to the legal professional culture through their interactions with GPP faculty and student colleagues.  In addition, the Mentorship Project introduces students to local practitioners for conversation and attendance at professional events. 

A General Practice Program Certificate is awarded to students who have successfully completed all four semesters of the program, in addition to their JD Diploma.

 

The Program

The GPP is a two-year, four-semester program, for second- and third-year students. Each semester has from one to four components totaling four credit hours. The components, taught by a mix of regular faculty and experienced practitioners, may include:

GPP I: Domestic Relations

Fall Offerings: Criminal Law/Representing Entrepreneurial Business/International Intellectual Property

Spring Offerings: Environmental Issues in Business Transactions/Commercial Transactions/Employment Law
Estate Planning/Personal Injury Law/Municipal Law

View GPP Course Descriptions

Throughout the four semesters students learn and practice a variety of skills: drafting, counseling, interviewing, mediation, negotiation, oral argument, and pre-trial preparation. Students also confront and resolve ethical issues in their roles as attorneys.

A General Practice Program Certificate is awarded to students who have successfully completed all four semesters of the program, in addition to their JD Diploma.

Students have the option of participating in an experiential or clinical program, such as the South Royalton Legal Clinic or Semester In Practice, during the third or fourth semester in lieu of GPP III or GPP IV components.

How to Contact Us

For more information on the General Practice Program, email Betsy Sponable, Program Coordinator: bsponable@vermontlaw.edu or call (802) 831-1221 .

GPP Courses

Read course descriptions from selected GPP course offerings.

Applying to the GPP

Learn about applying to the General Practice Program.