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LEGAL ONE:  High Quality School Law Training, and Pathway to Graduate Credit at Rutgers

IELP has partnered with the Foundation for Educational Administration (FEA), the educational arm of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, and Monmouth-Ocean Educational Services Commission (MOESC) to create LEGAL ONE:   Law, Ethics and Governance for All Leaders, including an Overview of New and Emerging issues. 

LEGAL ONE is a comprehensive training program for school leaders that meets all applicable legal requirements of the School District Accountability Act of 2007, N.J.S.A. 18A:26-8.2, as implemented by  New Jersey Department of Education regulation N.J.A.C. 6A: 9-16.7.  The training requirements apply to New Jersey superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, supervisors and directors.  The accountability law requires school leaders to complete a total of 12 hours of training in school law, ethics, and governance by June 30, 2013.  Completion of LEGAL ONE satisfies this requirement.  

The LEGAL ONE curriculum consists of four 3-hour modules in ethics and governance, student rights and responsibilities, staff rights and responsibilities, and special education.  Classes are offered in person and online.  For additional curriculum information, visit www.legalonenj.org, or call Rita Carter at FEA, (609) 860-1200. 

School District Benefits

LEGAL ONE seeks to empower school leaders to make responsible decisions, and to prevent costly litigation through effective risk management.   Highly-qualified instructors provide high-quality and highly practical training both online and in live sessions.   LEGAL ONE contracts with school districts to provide the required 12 hours of training to its supervisory and management employees.  LEGAL ONE prepares enrollment and progress reports for the contracting district documenting attendance, completion of required assessments, and completion of the full training.  LEGAL ONE also provides certificates of completion to individual participants and summary reports to the contracting district.

To earn a certificate, each enrollee must complete the 12 hours of training in four 3-hour modules, each with its own assessment, for a total of four assessments. 

Tuition for the 2009-10 school year is $300 per enrollee.  Districts may enroll school leaders in groups or as a whole. 

Individual Participant Benefits

The LEGAL ONE certificate stands alone as a credential for individuals who successfully complete the training and required assessments.  Through a special arrangement with Rutgers University-Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration (R-N SPAA), the certificate is convertible to one graduate credit.  

To convert the certificate to one graduate credit, the recipient must successfully complete four LEGAL ONE online assessments, enroll at Rutgers-SPAA as a non-degree student (application fee of $65), and pay a fee of $277.

Beginning in fall 2010, a two-credit online course will be available to LEGAL ONE certificate holders who wish to earn additional graduate credits.  To receive three graduate credits using the LEGAL ONE certificate, students must convert their LEGAL ONE certificate to one credit and enroll in the two-credit, online education law course.   Enrollment at Rutgers-SPAA is online at http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu.  Upon enrollment, students receive an RUID number that can be used to register to earn either one or three credits.  The in-state AY 2009-2010 tuition for the additional course is $1154 ($577 per credit).

Students who choose to convert the LEGAL ONE certificate into three Rutgers SPAA graduate credits can apply those credits toward completion of a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree.  Matriculation as an MPA student requires filing an application for admission to the MPA degree ($65 fee) and submission of required materials (application form, personal statement, official undergraduate transcript, master’s degree transcript [if applicable], three letters of recommendation, and a current resume).   Standardized test scores (GRE, GMAT, Miller’s) are not required if a candidate already has a master’s degree.   Information about the MPA degree is available at: http://spaa.newark.rutgers.edu.