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Winter Session Classes Offered for Students at ABA-Accredited Law Schools

November 03, 2009 – 
Law students who want to use their 2010 winter break to earn credits toward graduation and graduates seeking an edge in today’s difficult legal marketplace can find what they’re looking for at the new Winter Session at Rutgers School of Law–Newark. 

For the first time, the law school is offering one-week classes in Intensive Trial Advocacy and New Jersey Practice to law school graduates and to students who have completed the first-year program or its equivalent at an ABA-accredited law school. Intensive Trial Advocacy will use lectures and workshops to teach successful litigation skills, while New Jersey Practice will focus on the rules of civil procedure, which is now tested on the essay portion of the New Jersey State Bar exam. Each of these affordably-priced, two-credit classes will be taught by recognized experts in the topic. The classes will run from Monday, January 4th, through Friday, January 8th.

Intensive Trial Advocacy will focus on the procedure, strategy, and evidentiary issues involved in presenting a case to a jury, whether in the civil or criminal context. The skills course will include lectures, discussion workshops, and practical skills workshops in a mock trial setting. It will be taught by Andrew L. Rossner, founding director of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, a nationally recognized professional training program for public sector lawyers. Since 1988, Rossner has been a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, teaching at NITA’s regional, national and in-house programs. He served as vice-chair for litigation training of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) antitrust task force, helped to create and implement the curriculum for NAAG’s Training Institute, and was the first recipient of NAAG’s Teacher for the Year Award.

The intensive class in New Jersey Practice will examine New Jersey Civil Procedure. As the State Bar exam for the last few years has required an essay on New Jersey rules of civil procedure, students who plan to take the New Jersey Bar in February or July of 2010 should particularly consider registering for the class. The course will be taught by Andrew Rothman, Senior Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, who is co-author of The Handbook of Civil Practice in the Courts of New Jersey and a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee. Dean Rothman also teaches courses in Advanced Contracts, Appellate Advocacy, Evidence, New Jersey Practice, Non-Profit Corporations, and Professional Responsibility.

For more information about the Winter Session, including registration instructions for non-Rutgers School of Law–Newark students, visit http://law.newark.rutgers.edu/students/visiting-student-registration-information-0.