Chinese faculty, students, and legal professionals visit VLS to participate in research projects, classes, and other activities that advance the main objectives of the program. These educational efforts teach Chinese individuals and institutions to become more effective problem solvers in the field of environmental and energy law and policy. Law faculty and legal professionals have the opportunity to participate in academic residencies of various lengths at VLS. Chinese law students have the opportunity to attend Summer Session classes at VLS, and VLS students have opportunities to participate in collaborative research projects and courses which include presentations at partner law schools and study tours in China.
Academic residencies provide visiting scholars not only an opportunity to acquire substantive knowledge in various topics in American and international environmental law but also access to VLS's extensive environmental legal studies collection, one of the most comprehensive and well-organized in the country. They are able to engage in substantive and in-depth discussions and exchanges with VLS's environmental and energy faculty and other visiting environmental law experts. Furthermore, the opportunity to observe American law school pedagogical methods allows them to augment and improve their own law teaching skills. Finally, they are also able to network with other American environmental and energy law experts and Chinese officials visiting VLS. The opportunity to acquire such skills, experiences, and relationships will advance their environmental careers and support them in their future efforts to positively affect the underlying conditions of China's environmental governance challenges.
During the summer months, VLS hosts Summer Session. The program offers 30-35 compressed environmental law courses every summer and allows the Chinese exchange students and visiting scholars to take advantage of a wide range of environmental law offerings in a limited period of time.
VLS students have the opportunity to participate in collaborative research projects and travel to China to meet their partners and complete research. There is also a Summer Session comparative law course on China's environmental law that includes an optional study tour to China.
Show in the photo is our 2011 collaborative research project participants with their CRP advisor, Professor Yu. From left to right: Yuanbo Ye, Min Yang, Professor Yu Wenxuan, and Lin Guan.
Vermont Law School has recently signed a student exchange agreement with Renmin University of China School of Law. This is the first student exchange agreement between Vermont Law School and a Chinese academic institution, and it will allow our students the rare opportunity to be exposed to the Chinese legal system and Chinese legal education. Renmin's location in China's capital city, Beijing, will also give students access to the rich history and culture of China that can help add perspective to their legal studies.