Fall 2022 Course Schedule

Law of Nonprofit Organizations (LAW-852-001)
Benjamin Leff

Meets: 06:00 PM - 07:50 PM (W)

Enrolled: 19 / Limit: 40

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NOTE: This class has a “companion” class: Leading and Counseling Nonprofit Organizations, which will be offered on Mondays at the same time as this course. It is taught by a WCL alumna who is a leading practitioner in the field of nonprofit law. These classes were designed to fit together, with this class being a more traditional treatment of the legal doctrine and the Leading and Counseling class being a hands-on experiential learning experience, including legal drafting. If it fits your schedule, I recommend taking the drafting class in addition to this class.


Introduces the regulation of nonprofit organizations from both the federal tax and state fiduciary regulatory standpoints. Students consider the major aspects of nonprofit regulation, including substantive law, and the major public policy controversies over the proper role of tax-exempt nonprofit organizations emerging today.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Required Text: Betsy Schmidt, NONPROFIT LAW: THE LIFE CYCLE OF A CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION 2nd (Wolters Kluwer 2017). This is the second edition of this book. There is a more recent third edition of the book, but we will be using the second. If you have any trouble getting a copy of the proper edition of the book, please let me know.

First Class Readings

Casebook: Chapter 1 (pp. 3-12; 16-34) [Reading will be posted on Canvas]


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