900 Seminar: Nonprofit Organizations

This seminar will analyze major aspects of federal and state law affecting nonprofit organizations such as universities, hospitals, churches, cultural institutions, charities and advocacy groups. These institutions play an important role in the economic, cultural, political and social fabric of the nation, and their organization and operation raise complex legal and policy issues that cut across a variety of fields such as constitutional, corporate and tax, and property law. The seminar will focus on laws and policies governing the formation, operation, and dissolution or conversion of nonprofit organizations, as well as the policies behind the tax exemptions enjoyed by many of these organizations. As part of the writing requirement, seminar participants may elect a “practice” element in which the procedures for setting up a nonprofit organization, obtaining a tax exemption, and beginning operations are applied to a hypothetical client’s situation.