Course Descriptions G-J

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

206. GAMING LAW. 3
This course introduces students to the law of the rapidly growing area of gambling. Areas of study include determining whether an act constitutes gambling; the social harms of gambling; the licensing and regulatory processes of gaming; private law issues in gambling such as contracts; and the enforcement of judgments, tribal gaming, pari-mutual gaming, state lotteries, sports betting, and poker. The class will also meet with state gaming regulatory officials.

501. GENERAL CIVIL PRACTICE CLINIC. 4-6 CR/F SK
In this clinical program, students represent clients who could not otherwise afford legal assistance. Clinic student attorneys take primary responsibility for their clients in cases involving civil matters. They conduct intakes, interviews, and fact investigations; draft legal documents; handle negotiations; and represent clients in court hearings and trials, including jury trials. In addition, students participate in case selection and in weekly classes. Students also are required to attend a two-day, pre-semester orientation. Limited to students who have completed three semesters or more of law school and are eligible to receive a student practice license.

288. HEALTH BUSINESS LAW, LITIGATION & COMPLIANCE. 3
This course provides an overview of the primary areas of business law and compliance of interest to health care organizations. Students will consider a wide variety of source materials including case law, government directives, industry reports, and guest speakers. They will also participate in a realistic pre-trial health law simulation, in which they will practice client in-take, draft and respond to requests for production, develop interrogatories, depose witnesses, and advise clients.

904. HEALTH CARE BUSINESS LAW – M.J. 3
This course provides an overview of the primary areas of business law and compliance of interest to health care organizations. Students will consider a wide variety of source materials including case law, government directives, industry reports, and guest speakers. They will also participate in a realistic pre-trial health law simulation, in which they will practice client in-take, draft and respond to requests for production, develop interrogatories, depose witnesses, and advise clients.

212. HEALTH CARE COMPLIANCE. 3
This three (3) credit course addresses compliance, governance, and risk management in the complex and ever-changing health care industry. Students will learn how to create, implement and maintain a dynamic compliance program that meets standards set by the Affordable Care Act, Federal Sentencing Guidelines, and Office of Inspector General.  Attorneys and other compliance experts will share best practices, tools, and strategies to help organizations: comply with a full range of healthcare laws, regulations, and contracts; identify, deter, and remediate risk; and establish a corporate culture of shared integrity and compliance.  Throughout the live sessions and online modules, students will apply lessons learned to real-world dilemmas encountered by health care organizations; such as breaches in EHR information security, corporate integrity agreements, and Medicare fraud and abuse.

205. HEALTH CARE LAW & ETHICS (INTRODUCTION). 3
This introductory course examines a variety of legal issues relating to health care quality, cost, access, reimbursement, organization, and finance. The objectives of this course include learning how to apply a range of statutory, regulatory, accreditation, and common law principles to a variety of health care issues. Students who take this course will be prepared to represent individual and institutional health care providers and commercial and public payors in in civil, criminal, and administrative proceedings.

902. HEALTH CARE LAW & ETHICS – HEALTH M.J. (INTRODUCTION). 3
This introductory course examines a variety of legal issues relating to health care quality, cost, access, reimbursement, organization, and finance. The objectives of this course include learning how to apply a range of statutory, regulatory, accreditation, and common law principles to a variety of health care issues. Students who take this course will be prepared to represent individual and institutional health care providers and commercial and public payors in in civil, criminal, and administrative proceedings.

059. HEALTH LAW PRACTICUM. 2 SK
The 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).

298A. HEALTH LAW SKILLS SEMINAR 1*. 1
For this skills development course, health law M.J. and LL.M. students interact with health law experts to learn basic strategies and best practices in health care contracting, mergers and acquisitions, anti-trust, fraud and abuse, and change management. Students develop practical skills that can help them effectively manage a health care merger and related transactions by participating in a series of interactive exercises. Prerequisites: Introduction to Health Law and Ethics (LAW 205) and Health Business Law, Litigation, & Compliance (LAW 288).

298B. HEALTH LAW SKILLS SEMINAR 2*. 1
Health Law Practical Skills Seminar 2 is a one-credit required course for M.J. and LL.M. health law students. The course is designed to help students learn how to effectively respond to adverse patient events. In this practice and simulation-based course, students interact with health care attorneys and others with expertise in health care quality and risk management, employment law, medical staff issues, and the investigation and response to adverse events in a health care setting. Students will also participate in exercises to enhance their compliance, communication, and conflict resolution skills. The course culminates with a realistic, team-based simulation requiring student teams to interview Standardized Performers (SPs) trained to portray a doctor, nurse, and patient involved in an adverse health care event.

399. HOLOCAUST AND THE LAW:From Democracy to Dictatorship and Beyond. 2
In this course students examine the legal and jurisprudential dimensions of the Nazi state and some of the post-war consequences of the Nazi era.  Topics may include German history, the Nazi assumption and exercise of power through legislative and judicial means, the impact of international immigration restrictions on escape, the post-war trials of Nazi participants in the Holocaust, including deportation and denaturalization of American citizens, Holocaust denial, and some of the claims that have been the focus of post-war restitution litigation.

621. HONORS JUDICIAL INTERNSHIP. 6 CR/F
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, a justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, or the highest state appellate court. Prerequisites: A minimum of 3.0 GPA and 45 credits completed, 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 Judicial Internship Director and the associate dean.

263. IMMIGRATION LAW. 3 A
Topics include regulation of family and employment-based immigration and deportation of criminal aliens.

600. INDEPENDENT INTERNSHIP. 1-3 CR/F
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.

615. INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH. 1-3 CR/NC
An opportunity to engage in advanced research and writing. 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. Students may credit LAW 615 only once toward the hours needed for graduation.

260. INSURANCE LAW. 3
Subjects include the insurance contract and its interpretation; life, casualty, and liability insurance; selection and control of risks; claims adjustment; and regulation of the insurance industry.

607. INSURANCE LAW INTERNSHIP. 2 CR/F
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.

282. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (INTRODUCTION TO). 3
This is a survey course covering the core areas of intellectual property: patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret (and other state intellectual property-related areas of law). It introduces each subject and explores commonalities and differences among different systems of intellectual property protection. The course can be taken by a nonspecialist interested in learning about the field, or as a segue to Drake Law School's more detailed course offerings, including Copyright Law, Patent Law, Patent Office Practice, and Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law.

277. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LICENSING. 2
This course will focus on the licensing of intellectual property, primarily patents, and tangible property, but also touch on trademarks and copyrights. The course will emphasize various terms that should be considered in license agreements and the negotiation perspectives of licensors and licensees. Students will also be exposed to the concepts of technology transfer and management of intellectual property. The course will utilize a textbook, handouts, and representative license agreements. Students will be required to engage in the consideration and drafting of license terms. There will be no final exam. Grades will be based on assignments and a final project. Co-requisites: Copyright (LAW 227), Patents (LAW 228), Trademarks (LAW 271), or Intro to Intellectual Property (LAW 282).

215. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION. 3 A
Course examines litigation involving intellectual property assets. Material includes both skill development and theory. Students prepare complaints and pre-trial motions, examine the philosophy behind decisions to use certain types of motions, learn the pitfalls and proper methods of preparing witnesses for deposition and trial, and practice effective closing arguments. Prerequisites: Patent Law (LAW 228), Trademarks (LAW 271), Copyrights (LAW 227), or Intro to Intellectual Property (LAW 282). Recommended prerequisite: Federal Jurisdiction (LAW 235).

293A. INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT & LAW: CUBA I & II.  Spring: 1 credit)
The intensive short course will be jointly taught by University of Havana and Drake Law professors.  It will meet once a week for three weeks in February and then for four consecutive days in early March. Three visiting University of Havana professors will be on campus and will give lectures and lead discussions focused on the legal and agricultural situation in Cuba and relations with the United States. The course will focus on a variety of topics, including history, status of trade embargo, role of U.S. agricultural trade with Cuba as force for liberalization, Cuba's legal system and agricultural development, impact of revolution on agricultural reform, land ownership and cooperatives, Cuba's legal education and judicial system, U.S. international agricultural development policy, and opportunities for agricultural trade and investment between the U.S. and Cuba.  A take home exam will be given.  This course will qualify for credit toward the Food and Agricultural Law Certificate and the International and Comparative Law and Human Rights Certificate..

399. INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW. 2
This is an introductory course in international environmental law, designed primarily for those who have not previously studied the subject.  Although the United States and several other countries have made significant progress in addressing domestic and environmental problems, international environmental issues are becoming increasingly important. As globalization of commerce grows and technology increasingly fosters connectedness, international environmental issues continue to increase in importance. A tension inherent in many environmental issues is that they cannot be confined to a single country's borders. Rather, environmental issues regularly cross international borders, holding little regard for state boundaries. The course will explore the legal mechanisms applied to try to resolve environmental issues when they originate, maintain, and/or conclude in many jurisdictions at different points in time. There are no prerequisites for this course.

310. INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS. 3
Seminar examines international human rights law and the measures taken to effect human rights compliance. Topics include the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Bill of Rights, genocide, race and gender discrimination, and the relative importance of "second generation" economic, social, and cultural rights, in addition to the more traditional political rights. Case studies include the conflicts in the Middle East, human rights in China and the Islamic world, and the debate over "third generation" human rights, such as the rights to sustainable development and a healthy environment.

317. INTERNATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW. 3
Through a review of the relevant provisions of U.S. law and multilateral treaties, this seminar covers the international components of copyrights, patents, trademarks, and other forms of intellectual property rights. The course also examines recent developments in the European Union and problems of enforcing intellectual property rights in less developed countries. Conducted in a seminar format, the course is limited to 20 students. 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.

262. INTERNATIONAL TRADE. 3
An overview of the global trading system governed and administered under the World Trade Organization (WTO) charter. Topics include globalization and its impact, the classification and regulation of imports and exports, how the WTO dispute settlement system works, and the roles played by international organizations like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in promoting worldwide economic development.

295. INTERNET LAW. 2
Technology and innovation have facilitated significant changes in business and community paradigms. Emerging issues created by the advent of things like social media, virtual worlds, 3-D printing, and digital assets have raised novel legal questions that, in many instances, have not been well-anticipated by existing legal structures. This interactive course will explore a broad range of matters related to innovation, Internet ubiquity, and how the law either facilitates or hinders advancement. Course coverage will include topics like digital discovery, domain names, information security, access to technology, virtual worlds, privacy, social networking, e-commerce, 3-D printing, and biotechnology and bioscience. The course’s content will be updated as issues emerge. There are no prerequisites for this course and a technical background is not required.

221. INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURE LAW. 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.

282. INTRODUCTION TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. 3
This is a survey course covering the core areas of intellectual property: patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret (and other state intellectual property-related areas of law). It introduces each subject and explores commonalities and differences among different systems of intellectual property protection. The course can be taken by a nonspecialist interested in learning about the field, or as a segue to Drake Law School's more detailed course offerings, including Copyright Law, Patent Law, Patent Office Practice, and Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law.

259. INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL LAW. 3
An analysis of basic concepts in public international law, including the nature of the international legal system and its institutions such as the United Nations and the World Court, the sources of international law, states and recognition, jurisdiction, nationality, human rights, the use of force and the laws of war, outer space, and jurisdictional immunities.

100. INTRODUCTION TO LAW. 0
A brief introduction to legal studies as a part of the Law School's orientation for new students. Material covered includes significance of precedent, the judicial function, and jurisprudential concepts as applied to the problems of rights in conflict.

900. INTRODUCTION TO LAW – HEALTH M.J. 1
This course is designed to provide Master in Jurisprudence (M.J.) in Health Law students with an orientation to law school and the study of law. Students are introduced to the U.S. legal system, the four primary sources of legal authority, and other key content for success in law school. The course is delivered in a blended (sometimes called "hybrid" format). That means students will have assignments to complete before they come to campus, will have in-person (sometimes called "face-to-face") sessions on the Drake campus, and will be responsible to complete follow up online activities/assignments after they finish the on-campus face-to-face sessions.

001. INTRODUCTION TO UNITED STATES LAW. 3 (For 3+3 students only)
This course has three principal objectives. The first is to provide an overview of the American legal system. Students will be introduced to the basic institutions of American law. The second objective is to provide students with the tools they need to succeed in law school. Students will learn how to brief and read appellate cases and how to write legal memoranda. The third objective is to introduce students to the practice of law. This portion of the course is experiential. Students will observe lawyers as they argue motions in court and will have the opportunity to discuss what they observe with law students, judges, and professors. The structure of each class will be as follows: the first half of the class will provide a concise introduction to a major topic of American law; the second half will involve a class discussion of jurisprudentially important cases and articles that more fully develop the topic discussed in the first half of the class.

630. IOWA ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE INTERNSHIP. 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.

605. IOWA CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION INTERNSHIP. 3 CR/F
The internship is designed so that students can apply the book learning from their courses directly to the investigation of actual claimants. The internship reflects Drake Law School’s commitment to balance theory with practice. Students will typically screen eight to ten cases and write up a proposed disposition. Students can only enroll with the permission of Professor Axiotis, who communicates the Law School’s and the Iowa Civil Rights Commission’s (ICRC) expectations as to both the quantity and quality of the work.

 

640. IOWA PUBLIC INFORMATION BOARD INTERNSHIP (IPIB). 3 CR/F
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. Prior coursework in administrative law and/or state and local government law is strongly encouraged.

618. IOWA SUPREME COURT SCHOLAR INTERNSHIP. 3 CR/F
One third-year student will be selected for academic year residence at the Iowa Judicial Branch Building, co-authoring a Drake Law Review article with an Iowa Supreme Court justice. Students 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, American Judicature Society internship, etc.), strong academic record, and faculty recommendations. Students should apply through the associate dean’s office.

624. IOWA WORKERS COMPENSATION COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE INTERNSHIP. 3 CR/F
The Industrial Commissioner is the top official for the administration of Iowa Workers' Compensation Law. Students in this internship 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 to six credits. Approval of the Curriculum Committee and the associate dean would be required for hours in excess of three. Workers' Compensation (LAW 244) 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. 3 CR/F
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 no fewer than 30 hours of law school work with a minimum 2.3 cumulative grade point average.

631. JUVENILE COURT INTERNSHIP. 1-3 CR/F
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.

517 JUVENILE DELINQUENCY CLINIC. 4-6 CR/F SK
Law students will represent youth charged in juvenile court with delinquent acts. Students will represent youth in informal adjustments, detention hearings, adjudicatory hearings (trials), and dispositional hearings (sentencing). The clinic includes a classroom component twice per week focusing on the procedural, constitutional, and statutory rules relating to youth charged as delinquents.

632. JUVENILE LAW APPELLATE INTERNSHIP. 1-3 CR/F
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.

620. JUVENILE LAW INTERNSHIP. 1-3 CR/F
Students gain practical experience and insight into the juvenile justice system through placement in the Polk County attorney's office prosecuting juvenile delinquency and child abuse and neglect cases. Prerequisites: Children and the Law (LAW 280) and Trial Advocacy (LAW 050).

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