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Course Credit Information
  • A - Usually offered alternate years
  • CR/NC - Credit if course is passed; no credit if not passed
  • N - Not regularly offered
  • S - May be offered as seminar
  • 2-3 - Credit may vary
  • SK - Skills Course

252. ADMINISTRATIVE LAW. 3
A study of the federal and state law that controls the administrative operation of government. Course emphasizes the powers that may be exercised by the administrative agencies, the principles governing the exercise of those powers and the legal remedies available to persons aggrieved by administrative action.

604. ADMINISTRATIVE LAW INTERNSHIP. 2 CR/NC
Students serve a semester-long internship with an administrative agency. Prerequisite: Administrative Law (LAW 252).

511. ADVANCED CRIMINAL DEFENSE CLINIC - TRIAL.  4 CR/NC SK
This clinical program offers students the opportunity to explore criminal defense in depth by representing clients charged with simple, serious and aggravated misdemeanors. Charges typically handled by student attorneys include crimes against persons; crimes against property; motor vehicle offenses; drug offenses, including illegal possession of drugs; child endangerment; prostitution; perjury; and carrying weapons. Students also may serve as second chair in a limited number of felony cases. Students must have successfully completed an entry level clinic course or prosecution internship and must have permission of the instructor, who determines enrollment.

510. ADVANCED GENERAL CIVIL PRACTICE CLINIC. 4 CR/NC SK
This course would differ from the General Practice Clinic in that each student would be assigned cases most likely to go to trial. In such cases, the advanced student would be the lead student attorney and a new general practice clinic student would second chair the trial. Students must have completed an entry level clinic course and have permission of the instructor.

283. ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCH - IOWA LAW. 1 A
This course focuses on practical legal research strategies leading students to more efficiently select and use Iowa legal resources. Students will have multiple opportunities for skill development through in-class exercises and out-of-class assignments.

633. ADVANCED POLK COUNTY PROSECUTER INTERNSHIP. 3 CR/NC
The advanced Polk County internship continues the development of student skills from the standard internship courses, with a focus on trial techniques, difficult evidentiary issues and more complex prosecutorial issues. The advanced internship intends to offer each student the opportunity to first or second chair felony jury trial supervised by assistant county attorneys. As prerequisites, each student will need to have completed a standard prosecution internship (LAW 613 or 614) prior to enrollment as well as Law 113 (Eveidence) and Law 236 (Criminal Procedure I).

612. ADVANCED PROSECUTOR INTERNSHIP. 1 CR/NC
The advanced internship continues the development of student skills from the standard internship courses, with a focus on trial techniques, difficult evidentiary issues and more complex prosecutorial issues. The advanced internship intends to offer each student the opportunity to first or second chair felony jury trial supervised by assistant county attorneys. As prerequisites, each student will need to have completed a standard prosecution internship (LAW 613 or 614) prior to enrollment.

221. AGRICULTURAL LAW (INTRO TO). 3
A general survey of the legal problems of agriculture that serves as a thorough introduction to the study of agricultural law. Course focuses on various areas of law that directly affect the operation of the farm business and includes a review of selected regulatory programs. Discussion includes an analysis of the impact that law and government regulation have on agricultural production, distribution and marketing

400. AGRICULTURAL LAW JOURNAL I. 1
This 1 credit course is offered to students selected to participate as Junior or Senior Staff on the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law.

401. AGRICULTURAL LAW JOURNAL II. 1
This 1 credit course is offered to students selected to participate as Junior or Senior Staff on the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law.

399. AMERICA'S NEW FARMERS: LAW AND POLICY. 1
This course is a component of the Sustainable Agricultural Land Tenure project now underway in the Center, building on the "Drake Forum on America's New Farmers: Policy Innovations and Opportunities", held March 4 and 5, 2010, in Washington DC.  Course materials will be drawn from the presentations, reports, legislation, agency contracts, and other materials assembled for the Forum.  Comprehensive class materials will be provided to students on a 2G flash drive and supplemented by the new farmer resources on the Center web site.

249. ANTITRUST. 3 
Using the Sherman and Clayton Acts as a basis, this course explores the economic and legal significance of such concepts as monopoly and oligopoly, price-fixing, boycotts, vertical integration, mergers and restrictive methods of distributions.

226. ART, CULTURAL HERITAGE AND LAW. 3
Course explores the workings of the global and domestic art markets. Topics include the legal rights and duties of art dealers and museum curators, as well as the protection of artists’ intellectual property and moral rights. We will also examine the protection of cultural heritage under foreign, international, and U.S. law, and the growing movement to repatriate or return to their rightful owners works of art stolen or plundered during periods of military occupation or the Holocaust.

630. ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE INTERNSHIP (IOWA) 1-3 CR/NC
Students are placed in the Division of Criminal Appeals in the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, to develop skills in the area of criminal appellate practice. The internship allows students the opportunity to participate in all stages of appellate practice, from briefing on motions for interlocutory appeals to the potential for arguing appellate cases at the Iowa Court of Appeals or Iowa Supreme Court. Students may not work in the Criminal Defense Clinic or Appellate Clinic at the same time as this internship. Students who have performed any criminal defense work in a private firm must perform a conflicts check and make appropriate arrangements to avoid ethical conflicts. Students must have completed Evidence (LAW 113) and Criminal Procedure I (LAW 236) prior to enrollment.

248. BANKING LAW. 3 A
This course will cover basic banking law: the structure of banking regulation, bank charters, bank holding companies, and lending and deposit issues. It will then go on to explore the recent melding of banking, insurance, and securities services, with emphasis on how the internet is changing the face of these industries. Prerequisite: Business Associations (LAW 204).

258. BAR EXAM PREPARATION. 3 CR/NC
Developing study habits and test-taking skills unique to the bar examination are the focus of this class which is limited to third year students. The class will be a 3 credit course, for credit-no credit. Students will receive some substantive review after taking practice MBE and MEE examinations, when the results are reviewed individually. However, it must be stressed that the course is not intended to replace the study of substantive areas of law. The course is intended to supplement independent study for the bar examination. In addition, students will receive assistance in preparation of memory outlines and study plans. A practice bar examination under exam conditions will be given at the end of the term.

322. BUSINESS & CORPORATE LAW: SEMINAR ON CURRENT ISSUES. 3 A
This three-credit course is a seminar that explores current issues in corporate and business law. These issues prominently include matters of governance such as those raised by recent corporate failures and the efforts to address them, for example, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Other issues arise out of federal and state law affecting control transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, and takeovers; shareholder and other investor litigation; and law reform efforts at both federal and state legislative and administrative levels. Comparative corporate and business law will be included in the course coverage. Students will be graded on class participation and a research paper -- on a topic of their choosing, approved by the professor which may be used to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement. This course may either be taken as a sequel to or concurrently with Business Associations (LAW 204).

204. BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS. 4
An examination of partnership concepts with emphasis on the rights and obligations of partners and the formation, management and operation of corporations, especially closely held corporations. State corporation law and some federal securities acts and regulations are also studied.

270. BUSINESS PLANNING. 2-3 A
Course covers corporate financing and tax aspects of organizing closely held and publicly held corporations, distributing corporate assets to shareholders, and combining and dividing existing corporations. Prerequisites: Federal Income Taxation (LAW 208) and Business Associations (LAW 204). For more information, click here

250. BUSINESS TAXATION. 4
The study of the federal income tax impact on corporate entities and their shareholders relating to the organization, reorganization, dissolution of, and distributions by corporations. Involves the study of case law, statutory and regulatory materials. Prerequisite: Federal Income Taxation (LAW 208).

 
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