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Winter Session 2014 Course Offerings

Legal and Administrative Research
Credits: 2
This intensive hybrid Winter Session course will consist of online lectures (one-third of class time) and in-class hands-on training in research methods over four class days during the Winter Session. 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 ten page legal memorandum that analyzes the legislative history of a particular statute and its associated regulations.

Students are expected to view the online lectures the weeks before the in-class sessions, beginning December 30, 2013. While you do not have to view the lectures on the exact days suggested in the schedule below, all students must view the online lectures before January 6, 2014.

Non-Profit Corporations/Tax Exempt Organizations
Credits: 2
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 (arothman@kinoy.rutgers.edu) as soon as possible, as space is extremely limited.