Course Descriptions A-B

Course Credit Information

A – Usually offered during alternate years
CR/NC – Credit if course is passed; no credit if course is not passed
N – Not regularly offered
S – May be offered as a seminar
2-3 – Credit may vary between 2 and 3 credits
SK – Skills course
*New course

252. ADMINISTRATIVE LAW. 3
A study of the federal and state law that controls the administrative operation of government. Course emphasizes the powers that may be exercised by the administrative agencies, the principles governing the exercise of those powers, and the legal remedies available to persons aggrieved by administrative action.

901. ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – HEALTH MJ. 3
A study of the federal and state law that controls the administrative operation of government. Course emphasizes the powers that may be exercised by the administrative agencies, the principles governing the exercise of those powers, and the legal remedies available to persons aggrieved by administrative action.

604. ADMINISTRATIVE LAW INTERNSHIP. 2 CR/F
Students serve a semester-long internship with an administrative agency. Prerequisite: Administrative Law (LAW 252).

321. ADVANCED CONSTITUTIONAL LAW & INTERPRETATION. 2
This seminar will explore advanced topics in constitutional law and interpretation. The topics that will 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. Regular attendance and active participation is expected. You must come to class ready to discuss the assigned material.

511. ADVANCED CRIMINAL DEFENSE CLINIC – TRIAL. 2 CR/F SK
This clinical program offers students the opportunity to explore criminal defense in depth by representing clients charged with simple, serious, and aggravated misdemeanors. Charges typically handled by student attorneys include crimes against persons, crimes against property, motor vehicle offenses, drug offenses (including illegal possession of drugs), child endangerment, prostitution, perjury, and carrying weapons. Students also may serve as second chair in a limited number of felony cases. Students must have successfully completed an entry level clinic course or prosecution internship and must have permission of the instructor, who determines enrollment.

511L. ADVANCED CRIMINAL DEFENSE CLINIC – TRIAL. 2 CR SK
Graded on a pass/fail basis. Clinic (LAW 511). This is two credit hours of the total experience that is graded with a standard letter.

510. ADVANCED GENERAL CIVIL PRACTICE CLINIC. 4 CR/F SK
This course differs from the General Practice Clinic in that each student is assigned cases most likely to go to trial. In such cases, the advanced student is the lead student attorney and a new general practice clinic student would second chair the trial. Students must have completed an entry level clinic course and have permission of the instructor.

283. ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCH – IOWA LAW. 1 A
This course focuses on practical legal research strategies leading students to more efficiently select and use Iowa legal resources. Students will have multiple opportunities for skill development through in-class exercises and out-of-class assignments.

633. ADVANCED POLK COUNTY PROSECUTER INTERNSHIP. 3 CR/F
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. Prerequisite: Each student will need to have completed a standard prosecution internship (LAW 613 or 614) prior to enrollment as well as LAW 113 (Evidence) and LAW 236 (Criminal Procedure I).

612. ADVANCED PROSECUTOR INTERNSHIP. 1 CR/F
The advanced 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. Prerequisite: Each student will need to have completed a standard prosecution internship (LAW 613 or 614) prior to enrollment.

200. AFFORDABLE CARE ACT*. 3
This comprehensive, three-credit elective provides an overview of the federal health reform package known as the "Affordable Care Act" (ACA). Students learn how to interpret and comply with the ACA by reviewing key statutes, regulations, and case law. Emerging issues are explored through a series of interactive lectures, discussions, and exercises designed to demonstrate the practical impact that the ACA has had on health care delivery and broader society. There are no prerequisites for this course. Prior coursework in health law and/or policy is helpful but not required.

221. AGRICULTURAL LAW (INTRO TO). 3
A general survey of the legal problems of agriculture that serves as a thorough introduction to the study of agricultural law. Course focuses on various areas of law that directly affect the operation of the farm business and includes a review of selected regulatory programs. Discussion includes an analysis of the impact that law and government regulation have on agricultural production, distribution, and marketing.

400. AGRICULTURAL LAW JOURNAL I. 1
This one-credit course is offered to students selected to participate as junior or senior staff on the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law.

401. AGRICULTURAL LAW JOURNAL II. 1
This one-credit course is offered to students selected to participate as junior or senior staff on the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law.

399. AMERICA'S NEW FARMERS: LAW AND POLICY. 1
This course is a component of the Sustainable Agricultural Land Tenure project now underway in the Drake Agricultural Law Center. Course materials will be drawn from the presentations, reports, legislation, agency contracts, and other materials assembled for the "Drake Forum on America's New Farmers: Policy Innovations and Opportunities" in Washington, D.C. Comprehensive class materials will be provided to students on a 2G flash drive and supplemented by the new farmer resources on the center's website.

630. ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE INTERNSHIP (IOWA) 1-3 CR/F
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.

257. BANKRUPTCY & DEBT COLLECTION. 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.

258. BAR EXAM PREPARATION. 3
Developing study habits and test taking skills unique to the bar examination are the focus of this class, which is limited to third-year students. The class will be a three-credit course, for credit-no credit. Students will receive some substantive review after taking practice MBE and MEE examinations, when the results are reviewed individually. However, the course is not intended to replace the study of substantive areas of law. The course is intended to supplement independent study for the bar examination. In addition, students will receive assistance in preparation of memory outlines and study plans. A practice bar examination under exam conditions will be given at the end of the term.

204. BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS. 4
An examination of partnership concepts with emphasis on the rights and obligations of partners and the formation, management, and operation of corporations, especially closely held corporations. State corporation law and some federal securities acts and regulations are also studied.

322. BUSINESS AND CORPORATE LAW:CURRENT ISSUES. 3
This three-credit seminar explores selected Business Associations law issues at a more advanced level than does the basic course.  Topics that my be covered include agency and employment law, choice of entity, limited liability company law, current issues in corporate governance, insider trading, corporate "personhood", and acquisition transactions, including takeovers.  Students will be graded based on class participation, transaction document drafting projects, and two legal research papers.  The two research papers may be used, collectively, to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement.

061. BUSINESS PLANNING. 3 SK A
Course covers corporate financing and tax aspects of organizing closely held and publicly held corporations, distributing corporate assets to shareholders, and combining and dividing existing corporations. Prerequisites: Federal Income Taxation (LAW 208) and Business Associations (LAW 204).

250. BUSINESS TAXATION. 4
The study of the federal income tax impact on corporate entities and their shareholders relating to the organization, reorganization, dissolution, and distributions by corporations. Involves the study of case law, and statutory and regulatory materials. Prerequisite: Federal Income Taxation (LAW 208).

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