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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

222. REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS. 3
Course examines brokerage contracts, basic mortgage law, contracts for sale of land, buyer's and seller's obligations and remedies, marketability of title, recording acts, priorities, notice, curative acts, marketable title acts and examination of abstracts.

060. REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION DRAFTING. 2 SK
This is an introductory course in real estate transaction drafting. It is designed for those who have some exposure to the subject. It is aimed at providing students with concrete skills to practice real estate or transactional law generally. Primary discussions will involve solving a client’s hypothetical objectives followed by practicing the skills necessary to draft the deal, including drafting a title opinion, contract for sale, deed, and commercial lease. Real Estate Transactions is a prerequisite for the course that may be waived solely upon the professor’s discretion.

201. REMEDIES. 3
Remedies are the bottom line of all civil litigation, not only as determined by judges and juries at trial but also in the vast majority of cases that are settled short of trial.  The course examines remedies in both public and private law cases, with substantial emphasis on equitable remedies such as the injunction, the major 20th century remedy development, and considerable treatment of compensatory damages, punitive damages, and court-awarded attorneys’ fees.  It is because judicial remedies play such a central role in all civil litigation that the course is required for the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Certification.

213. SALES. 3
This course explores code systems in sales transactions focusing on UCC Article 2 and, selectively, UCC Article 2A, governing leases of goods, and the Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG), governing international sales. The course examines issues of formation; performance; warranties and disclaimers, including the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act; risk of loss provisions; and remedies.

267. SCIENTIFIC AND EXPERT EVIDENCE. 2
This course reviews specific topics of scientific and expert evidence in more depth than is possible in the basic evidence course. The initial section in the course will involve some fundamental rules about expert evidence, including gatekeeping standards and disclosures. Afterward, the class will examine specific areas of expert and scientific testimony. Topics should include many of the following (depending on availability of guest experts to visit): DNA, forensic science, medical causation, and economic valuation. The class will also perform several written exercises regarding common expert issues, such as motions in limine, expert disclosures, and the like.  Prerequisite: Evidence

256. SECURED TRANSACTIONS. 3
An examination of sales financing with primary emphasis on Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. Payment for goods through the use of commercial paper and bank collections and deposits are also examined (Articles 3 and 4 of the U.C.C.). Methodology is emphasized and the problem-solving technique is the predominant classroom experience. This course is not a prerequisite to Debtor/Creditor Law, but it is strongly recommended that it be taken prior to enrolling in that course.

251. SECURITIES REGULATION LAW. 3 A
This course examines the federal and state laws governing the securities industry and explores underlying laws, regulations, policies, and current or emerging issues involved in federal and state securities regulation, primarily through the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and selected aspects of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010. Coverage will include (1) the securities distribution process, (2) with special emphasis upon alternatives to a public offering through exemptions from registration that small and medium-size businesses regularly use in raising capital, (3) the law governing trading in securities (both the “anti-fraud” rules and extensive federal litigation involving them and the similarly extensive, still evolving law addressing “insider trading”), (4) the functions of the Securities and Exchange Commission and self-regulatory functions of the securities exchanges, and (5) the roles in all of these subjects of directors, officers, investment bankers, accountants, and especially legal counsel.

601. SECURITIES LAW INTERNSHIP. 2 CR/NC

Students serve as interns with attorneys within the securities regulatory agency for Iowa, working on a variety of securities regulatory matters.

399. SEPARATIST MOVEMENTS. 3 N
This course will examine the implications of separatist movements using the Scottish referendum as a starting point. The main topics will include the creation of new nations as a matter of international law; an exploration of national identity and its impact vis-à-vis other factors creation of a new state; the creation of new constitutions and an exploration of the British unwritten constitution; sovereignty and currency unions; the impact of a diminished United Kingdom internationally, and the possibility of a fresh look at the UN Security Council which may change the balance in international relations.

313. SEXUALITY AND THE LAW. 3 A/S
Issues of sexuality are on the cutting edge of the law. It is almost a guarantee that at some point during the class a major ruling will be made. It could be in the area of constitutional law, employment discrimination, student rights, family law, immigration or criminal law. The class broadly addresses the dynamic relationship between heterosexuality and homosexuality in both American culture and law, with some consideration of international alternatives, and also takes up the legal position of trans gendered individuals. Constitutional law is a major but not exclusive focus, especially the areas of due process, equal protection and first amendment. Grades are substantially based on three assignments involving the drafting of litigation documents in cases raising these issues.

245. SPORTS LAW. 3
This course examines the laws that govern the world of professional and amateur sports.  Topics covered include the intersection of sports and labor law, antitrust law, intellectual property law, arbitration, agent representation, communications law, tort law, and education law.  Particular attention is paid to current issues in the field of sports law, such as the regulation of performance enhancing drugs, the growing body of scientific evidence regarding sports-related head trauma, and other timely topics.  Core subjects also include the evolution of sports law, such as the impact of Title IX on amateur athletics, the rise of free agency in professional sports leagues, and other major developments in the field.  The course also explores the legal authority of the organizations that govern professional and amateur sports, ranging from the National Football League to the National Collegiate Athletic Association to the International Olympic Committee.

261. STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAW. 3
The sources of, and limitations on, the power of local governmental units. Course examines the relationship between federal, state and local government; constitutional issues relating to local government activities; and the tort liability of local governments.

639. STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER APPELLATE INTERNSHIP. 3 CR/NC
Students in this internship research and write appellate briefs and argue the case before the Iowa Court of Appeals or the Iowa Supreme Court. Students are supervised by experienced attorneys in the appellate division of the State Public Defenders Office.

638. STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER INTERNSHIP. 3 CR/NC
Students in this internship conduct witness interviews, perform legal research, attend court proceedings with the supervising attorney, help prepare for trial, and otherwise assist state public defenders on felony cases. Students in this internship do not practice law under the student practice rule. Students in this internship learn from experienced defense attorneys about pretrial and trial preparation and procedure in the context of felony cases.

637. SUPREME COURT ADMINISTRATIVE INTERNSHIP. 3 CR/NC
Student interns learn about administration of the state judicial system through work with the justices of the Iowa Supreme Court in their role supervising the judiciary. Students will work individually and in groups with the Justices of the Iowa Supreme Court developing and evaluating proposals for administrative reform of the judiciary. Prerequisites - Completion of 45 credit hours, a minimum 3.0 GPA and a demonstrated commitment to scholarship (through participation in a law journal, significant research for faculty for publication, judicial internship, etc.), a strong academic record, a faculty recommendation, and approval of the Associate Dean.

329. SUSTAINABILITY AND THE LAW. 3 S/SK
This course offers a unique opportunity to have a positive and real impact on your community. Students will explore the diverse and emerging area of sustainability by getting out of the classroom and by engaging environmental and economic experts and government officials. Students will draft concrete proposals to change policy and advance issues relevant to sustainability. Past projects have included stormwater management, energy conservation, and access to healthy foods. Students will present their proposals to public officials, including the Des Moines City Council.


 
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