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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

280. CHILDREN AND THE LAW. 3
This course explores issues involving children's rights, constitutional limitations on parental rights, child abuse and neglect, placement issues, termination of parental rights, legal representation of children, evidentiary issues in juvenile court hearings and juvenile delinquency.

505. CHILDREN'S RIGHTS CLINIC II. 4-6 SEMESTER  CR/NC SK
This program allows students to experience hands-on work in the area of juvenile law. Students act as guardians ad litem representing abused and neglected children in juvenile court proceedings. They also represent juveniles in delinquency proceedings. Students gather facts, draft legal documents, advocate for their clients, and participate in court hearings. In addition, students attend weekly classes and case reviews. Students are required to take the clinic for two semesters so that the children they represent experience continuity. This clinic is interdisciplinary, involving a graduate social worker and graduate education students. Limited to students in their third year of law school who are eligible to receive a student practice license. Prerequisite: Children & the Law (LAW 280).

622. CHILDREN'S RIGHTS CENTER INTERNSHIP. 1-3 CR/NC

Students in this course will work on a variety of projects for the Middleton Center. Projects could include research and writing on topics of juvenile law, production of educational materials, work on the center newsletter, web site materials, etc.  More information about the summer Childrens Rights Center Internship can be found here.

102. CIVIL PROCEDURE CONSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK. 3
An examination of the legal process and the adversary system at work in civil controversies. The emphasis is on proper selection of the forum in which to proceed and the source of the law to be applied. The course covers the values of procedure, including fairness of the process to the litigants, efficiency, and the desirability of and need for conclusively resolving disputes.

103. CIVIL PROCEDURE PROCESS OF LITIGATION. 3
Course focuses on the phases of a civil lawsuit, including pleading by the parties; joinder of parties and claims; discovery and preparation for trial; devices for resolving disputes without trial; burdens of proof; instructions; verdicts; and post-trial motions.

240. CIVIL RIGHTS. 3
A study of the role law has played in the systematic subordination of minority rights and of the ongoing progress the law has been made to fulfill the nation’s promise of equality.  Course covers the historical origins of American race law, and the judicial and legislative remedies that have evolved to redress racial discrimination, both at the Federal level and in Iowa.  Coverage will include education, voting, housing, employment; criminal justice, public accommodations, and the protection afforded those who use public protest to seek redress of grievances.

324. COMPARATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL LAW. 3  S
This seminar examines the constitutional systems of other nations, and compares them with constitutional law in the United States. It will focus predominantly on examining diverse approaches to judicial review and to rights questions. Students can satisfy the advanced writing requirement.

239. CONFLICT OF LAWS. 3
A study of the problems that inevitably arise in a multi-sovereign community. The course examines horizontal choice of law; the constitutional restraints imposed on choice of law and state court jurisdiction; and the recognition of sister-state judgments.

099. CONSTITUTIONAL CONTROVERSIES. 1
This class will introduce students to the fundamental principles of the Constitution by focusing on one or two of the most controversial topics in the news related to constitutional law. This could include freedom of religion, affirmative action, hate speech, different concepts of justice, whether the constitution’s meaning can change over time, and other subjects. It will also provide key background on historical events relevant to the constitution’s interpretation, such as the Civil War and the constitutional amendments that followed (the Reconstruction Amendments), the significance of cases like Brown v. Board of Education, and the powerful role of the U.S. Supreme Court in American history. Further, the class will briefly discuss constitutional developments across the globe that are of interest in the U.S.

112. CONSTITUTIONAL LAW I. 3
An analysis of the Constitution as a structuring factor in American government, including the processes of the Supreme Court and other federal courts; the balance of powers within the federal government; the relationship between the federal government and the states; and an introduction to due process under the Fourteenth Amendment as a federal control on state action.

115. CONSTITUTIONAL LAW II. 3
Course focuses on the protection of individual rights. The Fourteenth Amendment's equal protection and due process clauses and the First Amendment's guarantees to freedom of expression, association and religion receive intensive analysis. Congress' ability to create additional statutory protections pursuant to the Post-Civil War Amendments is also explored. 

243. CONSTITUTIONAL LITIGATION. 3 A
An analysis of the most frequently utilized federal civil rights statute - 42 U.S. Section 1983 - the procedural or remedial device through which a person may seek relief for the deprivation of federal constitutional rights. The course covers the crucial litigation and quasi-jurisdictional issues regularly encountered in constitutional litigation, including the 11th Amendment, qualified and absolute immunity, exhaustion, and the various remedies available to redress constitutional violations. 42 U.S. Sections 1981, 1982 and 1985 may also be covered.

321. CONSTITUTIONAL THEORY. 2A
This seminar will explore advanced topics in constitutional law and theory. The topics that may be explored include methods of constitutional interpretation, judicial review, federalism, separation of powers, executive power, equal protection, enumerated rights, unenumerated rights, congressional enforcement of constitutional rights, and the First Amendment. This is a paper course and students may use the class to fulfill their writing requirement. Prerequisite: Constitutional Law I (LAW 112)

610. CONSUMER LAW INTERNSHIP. 2 CR/NC
Students serve a semester-long internship with either the Consumer Protection Division of the Iowa Attorney General's Office or the Regulatory Counsel’s Office of the Iowa Credit Union League. Students will gain experience and insight as to the state and federal compliance laws impacting credit unions, how credit unions manage consumer compliance requirements (and work with third party consultants to do so), and where the relevant federal agency is focusing in the future relative to consumer regulation of financial institutions. Prerequisites for the course include permission by faculty supervisor and approval by the field supervisor in the AG's or Iowa Credit Union League’s office.

303. CONSUMER PROTECTION. 3 A
A study of the various sources of law that have an impact on consumer sale, lease and credit transactions, including common law, state consumer legislation (e.g., Iowa Consumer Credit Code), federal consumer legislation and federal consumer regulations. Such consumer problems as warranty, deceptive trade practices, holder in due course, credit collection practices, credit disclosures and adhesive contractual provisions are explored.

109. CONTRACTS I. 3
In this course students learn the basics of the common law of contracts and Article 2 of the U.C.C. The course examines contract formation, enforceability, breach, damages and alternative theories of recovery.

110. CONTRACTS II. 3
A continuation of the course of study undertaken in Contracts I.

326. CONTRACT DRAFTING. 2-3 SK
This course engages students in the practical experience of drafting contacts in the context of client representation. The focus is on developing the knowledge and skills to translate client interests into comprehensive contract terms. Through classroom discussion and writing assignments, students develop and practice drafting and learn the concepts of clear expressive writing of contracts. The written assignments for this course satisfy the advanced writing requirement. Prerequisites: Contracts I and II (LAW 109 and 110) and Civil Procedure I and II (LAW 102 and 103).

227. COPYRIGHT LAW. 3
This course covers the basic principles and policies of copyright law, including what materials are protected, the substantive requirements for protection, the procedures for obtaining protection, rights conferred, and remedies for infringement. The course also examines the role of copyright within the larger context of intellectual property law and policy--both domestic and international.

278. CRIMINAL DEFENSE - MENTAL DISABILITY. 1
This course examines the problems involved in representing criminal defendants with mental disabilities. Issues include competency and insanity, diminished responsibility, and intoxication defenses. Some emphasis is placed on Iowa criminal law and procedure.

108. CRIMINAL LAW. 3
Course covers the substantive law of crimes and criminal responsibility, emphasizing criminal law theory and its application, against a background of procedural and enforcement problems.

502. CRIMINAL DEFENSE CLINIC. 4-6 CR/NC SK
This program allows students to experience criminal law work. Students begin by representing clients through the arraignment process, then over the semester, advance to representing clients in hearings, depositions, negotiations and trials, including possible jury trials. As with other clinical programs, student attorneys have primary responsibility for their clients. In addition, students participate in weekly classes and case rounds. Limited to students who have completed three semesters or more of law school who are eligible to receive a student practice license.

319. CRIMINAL MOTIONS PRACTICUM 3 SK
Advanced study in criminal law issues through moot court adversary presentations of written motions and oral argument. Prerequisite: Criminal Procedure I (LAW 236).

236. CRIMINAL PROCEDURE I. 3
A detailed exploration of criminal practice and procedure in its various phases, including search and seizure, arrest, bail, right to counsel, self incrimination, plea bargains, grand jury, exclusionary rules, and trial rights. Includes some discussion of current theories of administration of criminal law.

238. CRIMINAL PROCEDURE II. 3
Covers prosecution and adjudication, including bail and pretrial release, discovery by defendants and the government, grand jury presentations, dismissal of indictments, joinder and severance of defendants and charges, plea bargaining, right to trial by jury, withdrawal by or disqualification of counsel, and sentencing. 

293A/293B CUBA I & II: INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT & LAW
(Fall - 1 credit, Spring - 2 credits)

The course will involve weekly classes during the semester to discuss readings and lectures focused on the legal and agricultural situation in Cuba and relations with the United States. The course will include an 8-day study tour to Cuba, during the winter break. During the Fall semester students will begin a research paper on some aspect of Cuban agriculture and law and then in the Spring semester students will draft a final report and analysis based on observations from the trip. The course will focus on a variety of topics including: History, status of trade embargo, role of U.S. agricultural trade with Cuba as force for liberalization, Cuba's legal system and agricultural development, impact of revolution on agricultural reform, land ownership and cooperatives, Cuba's legal education and judicial system, U.S. international agricultural development policy, etc.

292. CURRENT PROBLEMS IN INTERNATIONAL LAW-LAWS OF WAR. 2
This course examines the laws that govern international armed conflict in the 21st Century.  No prior knowledge of international law or military law is required.  The course is intended for any student with an interest in international law or current events.  Topics covered will include, but are not limited to, the impact of the Second World War on the modern law of war, the development and operation of war crimes tribunals, the distinction between “lawful” and “unlawful” uses of force, the use of nuclear and other unconventional weapons, and the application of international law to the Global War on Terror, civil wars, and other ongoing conflicts.  During the course, we will study specific cases, such as the Nuremberg Trials; we will study current events, such as the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan; and we will study documentaries and movies that raise law of war issues, such as the Oliver Stone film Platoon.  

318. DEATH PENALTY. 2
The death penalty is one of the most controversial topics in American Society. The course examines the death penalty from a variety of perspectives, including historical, moral, constitutional, jurisprudential, criminological, and practical. In addition to class discussion, students will have the opportunity to hone writing skills via short papers, begin to develop oral advocacy abilities and practice exam-taking skills.

257. DEBTOR-CREDITOR LAW. 3
An examination of how to collect a judgment. Topics include priorities, constitutional limitations on collection devices, bankruptcy and the relationship of Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code to the Bankruptcy Act.

634. DISABILITY RIGHTS IOWA. 2-3 CR/NC
Students will have the opportunity to work on a variety of disability law projects at Disability Rights Iowa, with a focus on the legal rights of children with disabilities.  Students will interview potential clients, assist with monitoring restraint and seclusion practices at juvenile facilities, and do legal research and writing in support of litigation at DRI.

279. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. 3
This course is designed to provide legal and social science perspectives on the issues lawyers are likely to face in domestic violence cases. Topics to be covered include research on the dynamics of abuse, cultural differences, and special populations; investigation, prosecution and defense strategies, and sentencing; civil protective orders and domestic violence shelters; and the federal Violence Against Women Act.

 
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