Spring 2012 Course Schedule

Law of Nonprofit Organizations (LAW-852-001)

Meets: 04:30 PM - 05:50 PM (MW) - Room 524

Enrolled: 26 / Limit: 40

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With the growing interest in social entrepeneurship, social change, and the role of charitable organizations in mind, this course explores 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. The course, like our casebook, follows the life cycle of a charitable organization. The goal of this course is to prepare you to work in a variety of capacities with charitable organizations from the inception of the organization to the effective operation and/or closing of the organization. We will begin the semester addressing the issues an organization faces from creation under state law, applying for tax exempt status from the IRS and end our review on issues organizations face in closing down (or converting to a for-profit organization). The course is practically oriented and require completion of 2 in-class/follow-up assignments over the course of the semester in addition to a final exam. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to engage with SIS MA Social Entrepeneurship students as they plan social ventures. On Mondays, we'll look at the laws and cases that govern this area and on Wednesdays, we'll apply those materials to a practical problem or assignment (such as completing an IRS 1023).

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Required Text: The Life Cycle of a Charitable Organization Author: Elizabeth Schmidt ISBN: 9780735598461 http://www.aspenpublishers.com/Product.asp?catalog_name=Aspen&category_name=&product_id=0735598460

First Class Readings

The assignment for the first class will be posted to this site and to MyWCL by the end of December 2011.