University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2014

Course Description
Over one million charities strong, our nation's nonprofit sector is robust, vibrant - and facing increasingly complex legal needs. This short course provides an intenstive hands-on overview of the work of the Legal Department at a nonprofit organization. From corporate, governance and fundraising matters to general business laws such as trademark, consumer protection, contracts and employment law, the course will show the true meaning of the "general" in General Counsel. By collaborating in teams on hands-on contract drafting sessions, negotiations, board presentations, and more, students will come away with a greater understanding of the range of legal needs of nonprofits and how best to serve them. This course will culminate in a resume preparation and job interview exercise that will position students for future success. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the multiple roles, ethical issues, professional challenges and rewards experienced by in-house counsel. The text for the course is the professor’s popular book, Good Counsel: Meeting the Legal Needs of Nonprofits,

Short Course Attendance Policy
Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 02-17-2014 - 02-22-2014  

Dates Day Time Room
02-17-2014 - 02-20-2014   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM A110
02-21-2014 - 02-21-2014   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM A110
02-22-2014 - 02-22-2014   S  10:00 AM-1:00 PM A110

Course Frequency
This course is likely a one time offering

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Written assignments and in-class participation
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Short Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Business & Taxation - Specialized
Employment & Labor - Specialized
Entertainment, Music, & Sports - Related
Intellectual Property - Related
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None