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Winter Session at Rutgers Law School

Law students who want to use their 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 Winter Session 2010have completed the first-year program or its equivalent at an ABA-accredited law school. 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. Registration closes November 30th.

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, director of the law school’s Institute for Professional Education and 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 especially 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.