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Course Credit Information
  • A - Usually offered alternate years
  • CR/NR - 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

242. LABOR LAW I. 3
An examination of federal controls on the relationship between employers and organized employees, primarily under the National Labor Relations Act as it governs the organization. Topics include recognition of unions, unfair labor practices, strikes, picketing, secondary boycotts and the collective bargaining procedure.

232. LAND USE CONTROL. 3A
Course deals with how individuals and the government can regulate the ways in which owners may use their land. Topics include restrictive covenants, conservation easements, the planning process, subdivision platting and zoning administration. Local municipalities, which normally regulate land use, also are studied. Recent judicial developments concerning the constitutional taking issue are considered.

289. LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT. 2 
This course provides the information and resources to assist a new lawyer in opening a solo law practice or joining a small group of lawyers in private practice.  Students will learn how to select a business entity, create a working office, create a plan for business development, and prepare to meet the practical, legal and ethical challenges to becoming a successful private practice lawyer.

406-409 LAW REVIEW I, II, III & IV. 1
One Credit earned per semester on Law Review.

410 LAW REVIEW ASSOCIATE EDITOR. 2
This 2 credit course is offered to students selected to participate as an Associate Editor on the Drake Law Review.

411 LAW REVIEW BOARD I. 2
This 2 credit course is offered to students selected to participate as an Editorial Board member on the Drake Law Review.

292. LAWS OF WAR (CURRENT PROBLEMS IN INTERNATIONAL LAW). 3
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.

114. LEGAL ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY. 3
Study of the legal profession and lawyers' organizations, including codes of ethics and conduct rules that make up the law governing lawyers. The role of lawyers in society, regulation of the practice of law and the jurisprudence of lawyer licensing and discipline cases are examined.

054. LEGAL INTERVIEWING AND COUNSELING. 2 CR/NC SK
The development of practical skills in client interviewing and counseling through the use of classroom demonstrations, videotape/critique exercises and interaction with real clients in the community.

287. LEGAL ISSUES IN WIND ENERGY DEVELOPMENT. 2
Development of wind energy is an increasingly important economic and political issue for Iowa and the nation. The range of legal issues critical to wind energy development mean the legal community will play a significant role in efforts to promote wind energy in Iowa and the U.S. The potential for wind energy and the essential need for legal advice means law students, and lawyers, can benefit from studying this emerging topic. This two-credit course will provide a thorough introduction to the broad range of legal and regulatory issues involved in developing wind energy projects, and related issues concerning carbon offsets and state policies to promote renewable energy.

104. LEGAL RESEARCH I. 1
Introduction to basic legal research methods and practice in the use of various types of research materials. Course must be taken concurrently with Legal Writing I.

116. LEGAL RESEARCH II. 1 
Development of research skills continues with more advanced resources.  Course must be taken concurrently with Legal Writing II.

106. LEGAL WRITING I. 2
Primary emphasis is on development of analytical and writing skills necessary for the practice of law. Various writing assignments, including law office memoranda, are designed to improve students' skills. Course must be taken concurrently with Legal Research I.

105. LEGAL WRITING II. 2
Development of research and writing skills continue with a focus on preparation of trial litigation documents and an appellate brief. The appellate practice portion of the course culminates in the presentation of oral arguments before a panel of judges. Course must be taken concurrently with Legal Research II.

233. LEGISLATION. 2
Course focuses on the legislative process, constitutional requirements of state legislation, judicial construction of statutory words and phrases, and bill drafting. Students engage in a series of statutory drafting and interpretation exercises to develop skills necessary to read and write legislation effectively.

627. LEGISLATIVE INTERNSHIP. 2 CR/NC
The experiential component of Law 233. Students work with Iowa legislators during the annual legislative session. Assignments are arranged through the Iowa General Assembly's Joint Legislative Internship Program. Prerequisite: Legislation (LAW 233).

052. LEGISLATIVE PRACTICE. 2 SK
Students receive individual assignments to assist attorneys with research and drafting on topical legislative initiatives for the Iowa General Assembly. A research paper and a bill draft are required. Each practicum is individually supervised by a member of the law faculty. Prerequisites: Legislation (LAW 233) and Legislative Internship (LAW 235).

616. LEGISLATIVE PRACTICE INTERNSHIP. 2-3 CR/NC
This internship is designed to give students an experiential component bringing together the knowledge and skills gained in their prior legislative courses. During the legislative session, students are assigned as interns to public interest groups, associations or government agencies that are advocating for or against legislation, or to the research staffs of legislative caucuses or support agencies. Prerequisite:  Legislation (LAW 233).

224. LEXIS RESEARCH - ADVANCED PROBLEMS. 1 CR/NC
Extensive training in computer-assisted legal research using LEXIS and NEXIS. Includes advanced work on drafting search strategies and using libraries and files. Prerequisites: Legal Research (LAW 104); Legal Writing (LAW 106); Legal Research, Writing and Appellate Practice (LAW 105).

636. LL.M/M.J. THESES. 4-6 CR/NC
An opportunity to engage in original, in-depth scholarly research. The subject of the research, the nature and quantity of the work required and the number of credits awarded are determined by the supervising professor. Not intended as a substitute for offered courses. Student may be required to present the theses as determined by the LL.M/M.J program Director. The main focus of the thesis option in an original, substantively-researched paper of about 40-60 single-spaced (or 80-120 double-space) pages (similar to a regular law review article). Based on a pro-rata analysis, an 80 page paper would be awarded 6 credits. 4 hours of credit = 60 pages and 200 hours of research, writing, conferences and rewriting; 5 hours of credit = 70 pages and 250 hours of research, writing, conference and rewriting; 6 hours of credit = 80 pages and 300 hours of research, writing, conferences and rewriting.


 
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