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604. ADMINISTRATIVE LAW INTERNSHIP. 2 CR/NC

Students serve a semester-long internship with an administrative agency.
Prerequisite: Administrative Law (LAW 252).

612. ADVANCED PROSECUTOR INTERNSHIP. 1 CR/NC
The advanced internship will center on complicated trial techniques, complex evidentiary issues and a more intensive look at the prosecutorial function. The advanced internship will offer law students the unique opportunity to first or second chair felony jury trial supervised by assistant county attorneys. As a prerequisite, each student will need to have completed a standard prosecution internship (LAW 613 or 614) prior to enrollment.

633. ADVANCED POLK COUNTY PROSECUTOR 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 a prerequisite, each student will need to have completed a standard prosecution internship (LAW 613 or 614) prior to enrollment.

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, website materials, etc.

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.

630. IA ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE INTERNSHIP. 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.

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.

626. ENVIRONMENTAL LAW INTERNSHIP. 2/3 CR/NC
Students serve as interns with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources or the Environmental Division of the Iowa Attorney General's Office.

603. ETHICS INTERNSHIP. 1-3 CR/NC
Students are placed with the Iowa Board of Professional Ethics and Conduct. Interns work on all phases of complaints, performing fact finding, researching, and assisting prosecuting attorneys at ethics hearings before the Board.

609. FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER INTERNSHIP. 3 CR/NC
Students are exposed to the practical application of substantive law to the defense of criminal charges in the federal courts. Interns shadow their supervising attorney through at least one entire criminal proceeding from arrest through appeal. Interns draft legal documents, interview witnesses and clients, and participate in plea bargaining.

625. FORECLOSURE DEFENSE INTERNSHIP. 3 CR/NC
Students will work for a minimum of 150 hours for Iowa Legal Aid doing only foreclosure and mortgage related work. As part of the internship students will be given varied experiences, including research and writing memos and briefs on relevant legal issues, attending and conducting client interviews, doing a rotation on the hotline, accompanying attorneys to court hearings and trials, and attending and presenting community foreclosure prevention meetings.

621. HONORS JUDICIAL INTERNSHIP. 6 CR/NC
Student interns learn about the state (appellate) and federal (trial and appellate) judicial decision-making process through work with a federal trial or appellate judge, with a justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, or with the highest state appellate court. Prerequisites - Completion of 45 credit hours, a minimum 2.7 GPA and a demonstrated commitment to scholarship (through participation in a law journal, significant research for faculty for publication, judicial internship, American Judicature Society internship, etc.), a strong academic record, and a faculty recommendation, and approval of the Judicial Internship Director and the Associate Dean.

600. INDEPENDENT INTERNSHIP. 1-3 CR/NC
Student arranges a one-time internship with a government institution or nonprofit organization that permits the student to perform lawyering skills under the direction and supervision of a faculty member and a supervising attorney. Approval of the Associate Dean is required.

607. INSURANCE LAW INTERNSHIP. 2 CR/NC
Students serve as interns with attorneys in the Legal Affairs Division of the Iowa Department of Insurance, participating in such varied activities as administrative decisions, enforcement actions, and developing public policy under supervision of the commissioner.

605. IOWA CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION INTERNSHIP. 3 CR/NC
Students work on a variety of projects as an intern for the Iowa Civil Rights Commission for at least 45 hours for each hour of credit. Prerequsite or co-requsite:Employment Discrimination (LAW 302), Civil Rights (LAW 240) and permission of the instructor.

640. IOWA PUBLIC INFORMATION BOARD. 3 CR/NC
The Iowa Public Information Board is a nine-member board appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. It is an independent agency of state government. The mission of the IPIB is to enforce Iowa's Open Meetings and Public Records laws. The internship entails working directly with the board's deputy director on research, writing, and investigative projects in support of the Board's activities. The intern will also attend Board meetings and hearings.

618. IOWA SUPREME COURT SCHOLAR. 3 CR/NC
One third-year student will be selected for academic year residence at the Iowa Judicial Branch Building, co-authoring a law review article with an Iowa Supreme Court Justice. Student(s) are selected in August. The research commitment extends over the entire academic year (fall/spring); however, credit will be given in the spring semester. Criteria for selection is as follows: A demonstrated commitment to scholarship (through participation in a law journal, significant research for faculty for publication, judicial internship, etc.), strong academic record, and faculty recommendations. Students should apply through the Associate Dean’s office.

624. IOWA WORKERS COMPENSATION INTERNSHIP. 3 CR/NC
The Industrial Commissioner is the top official for the administration of Iowa Workers' Compensation law. Students in this internship would work on a variety of projects for the Iowa Industrial Commissioner's Office located in Des Moines. The student would participate in the drafting of opinions in contested workers' compensation cases. This would entail working closely with the Iowa Industrial Commissioner and the Deputy Industrial Commissioners. Students would have a unique opportunity to apply the rules of administrative law and the doctrine of worker's compensation in a hands-on-setting. A student would be required to put in 45 clock hours per academic credit hour and could take from three (3) to six (6) credits. Approval of the Curriculum Committee and the Associate Dean would be required for hours in excess of three (3). Workers' Compensation is not required though it is strongly encouraged and students who have taken or who are pre-registered for the course will be given preference in selection.

623. JUDICIAL INTERNSHIP. 1-3 CR/NC
Students serve as judicial law clerks or as interns with public officials in a faculty-supervised program. Summer placement with federal and state judges, in other jurisdictions as well as in Iowa, is frequently arranged. Placement is at the discretion of the faculty supervisor after the student has completed not fewer than 30 hours of law school work with a minimum 2.3 cumulative grade point average.

631. JUVENILE COURT INTERNSHIP. 1-3 CR/NC
Students gain practical experience and insight into the juvenile justice system through placement with a Polk county juvenile court judge doing research, observing hearings, drafting memos and sometimes decisions, and working on model court or court improvement projects when possible.

620. JUVENILE LAW INTERNSHIP. 1-3 CR/NC 
Students gain practical experience and insight into the juvenile justice system through placements in the Polk county attorney's office prosecuting juvenile delinquency and child abuse and neglect cases.  Prerequisites - Children and the Law and Trial Advocacy.

632. JUVENILE LAW APPELLATE INTERNSHIP. 1-3 CR/NC 
Students gain practical experience and insight into the juvenile justice system through placement in the Attorney General's office on appeals from placement on the Child Abuse Registry and Termination of Parental Rights. Students research and write briefs, and represent the state in prehearing conferences and administrative hearings.

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).

616. LEGISLATIVE PRACTICE INTERNSHIP. 2-3 CR/NC
The objective of the internship is to enable the student to apply the knowledge and tools gathered during the prerequisites of Legislation, Legislative Practice, and the Legislative Internship. Communication regarding the internship is made through the fall semester Legislative Practice class, which all internship students are required to complete. Director of the Legislative Practice Center Julie Smith both teaches the Legislative Practice course and supervises this internship. Smith and the students prepare for the next legislative session, which occurs in the spring, through class discussion and one-on-one meetings outside of class. Smith spends an additional 15-20 hours in the fall setting up the spring internships to ensure an effective experience for students.

614. POLK COUNTY PROSECUTOR INTERNSHIP. 3 CR/NC
Students are placed in the Polk County Attorney’s Office to develop skills necessary to practice as a trial attorney in prosecution. The internship allows students to participate in all aspects of criminal prosecution, including witness preparation, pretrial and post-trial hearings, misdemeanor jury and non-jury trials, and juvenile court proceedings. Students must have completed Evidence (LAW 113) prior to enrollment, and should either have taken or be simultaneously enrolled in Criminal Procedure I (LAW 236).

613. PROSECUTOR INTERNSHIP. 1 CR/NC
Under general supervision of the law faculty, students work for a prosecuting attorney, either full time during the summer or part time during a semester. Students participate in all aspects of criminal prosecution, including witness preparation, pretrial and post-trial hearings, misdemeanor jury and non-jury trials, and juvenile court proceedings. Students may receive an hourly stipend. Prereq: 3 semesters completed, including Evidence (LAW 113), May NOT be taken concurrently with LAW 501, 628, 612, 502 or 502 

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.
 
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 approval of the Associate Dean.

628. UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE INTERNSHIP. 3 CR/NC
Students work with the United States Attorney's Office in Des Moines, participating in the development, preparation and litigation of federal criminal or federal government civil actions.

611. USDA INTERNSHIP. 1-2 CR/NC
Students will receive real-life practical experience in the operation of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies and implement various federal programs relating to agriculture and rural issues. The agencies involved with the internships include the state or regional offices, located in Des Moines for Rural Development (RD), Farm Services Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).



 
Last Modified: 10/17/2014 2:41:00 PM by Andrea Charlow