Health Law Practicum
2 creditsThe Health Law Practicum is a two credit interprofessional simulation-based course designed to provide hands-on exposure to a complex and authentic healthcare legal situation. Law students will play the role of attorneys representing one of three healthcare clients. Master of Health Administration (MHA) students from Des Moines University (DMU) will play the role of the simulated healthcare clients. Student attorneys will review applicable documents, interview clients, and conduct discovery; culminating in a client memo that outlines legal options and makes final recommendations. The simulation experience will conclude with a joint debriefing where participants will receive critiques, discuss lessons learned, and exchange value-added peer review between the simulated attorneys and their clients. Prerequisite: Introduction to Health Law (Law 205)
Intellectual Property in the Internet Age
2 creditsThis seminar addresses selected areas of intellectual property law in which the Internet and new technologies have posed challenges to traditional legal doctrines and practices. It also explores the various legal, technological and business solutions that seek to accommodate the needs and interests of intellectual property rights holders, technology developers and internet users. Each student is required to make a presentation to the seminar and write a research paper on a topic approved by the instructor. The paper may be used to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement. No prerequisites are required.
1 creditThis course is a shortened version of Payment Systems to help prepare students for the bar exam. Coverage focuses on Article 3 of the Uniform Commercial Code, which governs the law of negotiable instruments (promissory notes and checks). The problem-solving technique is the predominant classroom experience.
State Public Defender Appellate Internship
3 creditsStudents 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.
State Public Defender Internship
3 creditsStudents in this internship conduct witness interviews, perform legal research, attend court proceedings, help prepare for trial, and otherwise assist state public defenders on felony cases. Students in this internship learn from experienced defense attorneys about pretrial and trial preparation and procedure in the context of felony cases.
Supreme Court Administrative Internship
3 creditsStudent 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.