Course Descriptions K-L

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

232. LAND USE CONTROL. 2-3 A
This course deals with how individuals and the government can regulate the ways in which owners may use their land. Topics include restrictive covenants, conservation easements, the planning process, subdivision platting, and zoning administration. Local municipalities, which normally regulate land use, also are studied. Recent judicial developments concerning the constitutional taking issue are considered.

289. LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT. 2
This course provides the information and resources to assist a new lawyer in opening a solo law practice or joining a small group of lawyers in private practice. Students will learn how to select a business entity, create a working office, create a plan for business development, and prepare to meet the practical, legal, and ethical challenges to becoming a successful private practice lawyer.

406-409. LAW REVIEW I, II, III & IV. 1
One credit earned per semester on the Drake Law Review.

411. LAW REVIEW BOARD I. 2
This two-credit course is offered to students selected to participate as an editorial board member on the Drake Law Review.

295. LAW, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION. 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. The proposed 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 such as 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.

802. LAW OF COMPLIANCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT. 3
This course covers the various legal issues that are handled by compliance professionals, such as regulatory and statutory compliance, supervision and enforcement, avoiding illegal activity, identifying and dealing with wrongdoing and corruption, conducting internal investigations, information security and ethical considerations.  Topics include development of compliance processes and controls, the role of various compliance professionals in organizations, internal investigations and processes, and external examination, such as supervision and enforcement.

802C. LAW OF COMPLIANCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT. 3
This course covers the various legal issues that are handled by compliance professionals, such as regulatory and statutory compliance, supervision and enforcement, avoiding illegal activity, identifying and dealing with wrongdoing and corruption, conducting internal investigations, information security and ethical considerations.  Topics include development of compliance processes and controls, the role of various compliance professionals in organizations, internal investigations and processes, and external examination, such as supervision and enforcement.

802G. LAW OF COMPLIANCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT. 3
This course covers the various legal issues that are handled by compliance professionals, such as regulatory and statutory compliance, supervision and enforcement, avoiding illegal activity, identifying and dealing with wrongdoing and corruption, conducting internal investigations, information security and ethical considerations.  Topics include development of compliance processes and controls, the role of various compliance professionals in organizations, internal investigations and processes, and external examination, such as supervision and enforcement.

292. LAWS OF WAR (CURRENT PROBLEMS IN INTERNATIONAL LAW). 3
This course examines the laws that govern international armed conflict in the 21st century. No prior knowledge of international law or military law is required. The course is intended for any student with an interest in international law or current events. Topics covered will include, but are not limited to, the impact of the Second World War on the modern law of war, the development and operation of war crimes tribunals, the distinction between "lawful" and "unlawful" uses of force, the use of nuclear and other unconventional weapons, and the application of international law to the Global War on Terror, civil wars, and other ongoing conflicts. During the course, students will study specific cases, such as the Nuremberg Trials; current events, such as the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan; and documentaries and movies that raise law of war issues, such as the film "Platoon."

114. LEGAL ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY. 3
Study of the legal profession and lawyers' organizations, including codes of ethics and conduct rules that make up the law governing lawyers. The role of lawyers in society, regulation of the practice of law. and the jurisprudence of lawyer licensing and discipline cases are examined.

054. LEGAL INTERVIEWING AND COUNSELING. 2 CR/NC SK
The development of practical skills in client interviewing and counseling through the use of classroom demonstrations, videotape/critique exercises, and interaction with real clients in the community.

104. LEGAL RESEARCH I. 1
Introduction to basic legal research methods and practice in the use of various types of research materials. Course must be taken concurrently with Legal Writing I.

116. LEGAL RESEARCH II. 1
Development of research skills continues with more advanced resources. Course must be taken concurrently with Legal Writing II.

106. LEGAL WRITING I. 2
Primary emphasis is on development of analytical and writing skills necessary for the practice of law. Various writing assignments, including law office memoranda, are designed to improve students' skills. Course must be taken concurrently with Legal Research I.

105. LEGAL WRITING II. 2
Development of research and writing skills continue with a focus on preparation of trial litigation documents and an appellate brief. The appellate practice portion of the course culminates in the presentation of oral arguments before a panel of judges. Course must be taken concurrently with Legal Research II.

233. LEGISLATION. 2
Course focuses on the legislative process, constitutional requirements of state legislation, judicial construction of statutory words and phrases, and bill drafting. Students engage in a series of statutory drafting and interpretation exercises to develop skills necessary to read and write legislation effectively.

627. LEGISLATIVE INTERNSHIP. 2 CR/F
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).

052. LEGISLATIVE PRACTICE. 2 SK
Students receive individual assignments to assist attorneys with research and drafting on topical legislative initiatives for the Iowa General Assembly. A research paper and a bill draft are required. Each practicum is individually supervised by a member of the Law School faculty. Prerequisites: Legislation (LAW 233) and Legislative Internship (LAW 235).

616. LEGISLATIVE PRACTICE INTERNSHIP. 2-3 CR/F
This internship is designed to give students an experiential component bringing together the knowledge and skills gained in their prior legislative courses. During the legislative session, students are assigned as interns to public interest groups, associations, or government agencies that are advocating for or against legislation, or to the research staffs of legislative caucuses or support agencies. Prerequisite:  Legislation (LAW 233).

224. LEXIS RESEARCH - ADVANCED PROBLEMS. 1 CR/NC
Extensive training in computer-assisted legal research using Lexis Advance and other practice tools provided by LexisNexis. Includes advanced search techniques and practice tools such as CaseMap, Litigation Profile Suite, Public Records, and Lexis Practice Advisor. Course offered as credit/no credit.

636. LLM/MJ THESES. 4-6 CR/NC
An opportunity to engage in original, in-depth scholarly research. 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. Student may be required to present the theses as determined by the LL.M/M.J. program director. The main focus of the thesis option in an original, substantively researched paper of about 40-60 single-spaced (or 80-120 double-space) pages (similar to a regular law review article). Based on a pro-rata analysis, an 80-page paper would be awarded six credits. Four hours of credit = 60 pages and 200 hours of research, writing, conferences, and rewriting; five hours of credit = 70 pages and 250 hours of research, writing, conference, and rewriting; six hours of credit = 80 pages and 300 hours of research, writing, conferences, and rewriting.

Law School News
August 22, 2017
Peter Coniglio, LW’78, recently completed a detail as an associate counsel to President Donald J. Trump, during which time he helped review candidates for federal government posts and prepared them for nomination hearings before they were considered for U.S. Senate approval.
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