Winter Session 2013 Course Offerings
Intensive Deposition Advocacy
In addition, this course is not open to students who have taken Fact Investigation.
This is an advanced civil practice course focusing on planning for discovery depositions through analysis of legal, factual, and persuasive theories as well as witness psychology, conducting information gathering and admission seeking depositions, defending depositions through ethical witness preparation, making appropriate objections, and dealing with obstreperous opponents. The program will be to provide participants with opportunities to perform in a simulated deposition setting, followed by individual faculty critique. These performance workshops will be supplemented by lectures on specific issues relating to deposition practice.
Note: There is a mandatory orientation for Intensive Deposition Advocacy on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 from 4 – 6 pm in the Baker Trial Courtroom (Room 125).
Legal and Administrative Research
This intensive hybrid course will consist of online lectures and quizzes (one-third of class time) and in-class, hand-on training in research methods. Students will learn to use research as a tool for legal advocacy and study the theory and methodology of performing legislative and administrative law research. The course will focus on both federal and state materials. Students will examine the background of statutes by compiling legislative histories and use the Federal Register and New Jersey Register to examine the background of regulations. The in-class portion of the class will be taught in the library's teaching computer lab. Each student will produce a legal memorandum that analyzes the legislative history of a particular statute and its associated regulations.
Non-Profit Corporations/Tax Exempt Organizations
This course studies the “Independent Sector” of the economy — the non-profit corporation. Areas of study will be the organization, management and governance of such corporations; the indirect subsidy of tax exemption; the scope of charity, both nationally and internationally; and the consequences of such organizations engaging in commercial activities.
In the Winter Session, the course is taught as a one-week intensive program in the Dominican Republic, and partners Rutgers Law School with UMDNJ, the NJIT, and Cambiando Vidas, an established 501(c)(3) operating principally in the San Juan de la Maguano region of inland D.R., near the Haitian border. Already a successful home-building non-profit modeled on Habitat-for-Humanity, Cambiando Vidas will work with students from the three Newark universities in the construction of a sturdy, modern home for a poor family in the rural village of Las Charcas. The team from Rutgers will be comprised of 15 upper-level law students, who will spend the mornings each day building the home and mingling with the community, and the afternoons and evenings in the classroom. The class will use the case study as its focal point, examining Cambiando Vidas itself, an established 503(c)(3) charitable organization, and will explore developing two new organizations in partnership with the other student groups participating in the program.
Students interested in participating in this program should know that in addition to tuition charged by Rutgers, Cambiando Vidas charges $1,200 for costs of the trip (not including airfare). If you are interested in taking this class in January, you should contact Dean Rothman (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible, as space is extremely limited.