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
229. MASS MEDIA LAW. 3
Course reviews the skills and knowledge necessary to competently represent radio stations, television stations, and cable systems as local counsel. Emphasis is given to representing businesses that advertise on radio and television.
055. MEDIATION. 1-2 CR/NC SK
A seminar designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of mediation in both a lecture and interactive role-playing format. Students review the process of mediation and how it works, and then practice advocating for their client in various legal settings, including court-ordered cases.
286. MEDICAL MALPRACTICE. 2 A
This course focuses on the law governing professional liability, with respect both to individual and institutional defendants. It covers the standard of care, defenses, causation problems, and current issues concerning damages. Coverage of licensure as a quality control mechanism and the law involving potential liability for individual and institutional providers of health care also are reviewed. Tort reform proposals may be discussed as well.
273. MERGERS AND ACQUISTIONS. 2-3 A
This course examines the law and practice of purchasing, selling, and merging businesses, with an emphasis on private companies. It will examine applicable business law and each step in the transaction process, from initial planning to closing. The course will cover methods of acquiring and merging businesses, decision making and approval processes, fiduciary duties, the due diligence process, allocation of risk in the purcase or merger agreement and, to a lesser extent, the integration of other law—for example, securities law, tax law, products liability law, environmental law, and anti-trust law. Prerequisite or co-requisite: Business Associations (LAW 204).
422. MOOT COURT – AAJ MOCK TRIAL. 2 CR/NC
Interscholastic ATLA Mock Trial Competition.
418. MOOT COURT ABA COMPETITION. 2
ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition.
413. MOOT COURT BOARD. 1 CR/NC
Active membership on the Drake Moot Court Board.
419. MOOT COURT – CLIENT COUNSELING. 1 CR/NC
Interscholastic Client Counseling Competition.
423. MOOT COURT – CRIMINAL MOCK TRIAL. 1N CR/NC
John Marshall Criminal Practice Mock Trial Competition.
416. MOOT COURT – ENVIRONMENTAL LAW COMPETITION. 2
National environmental law competition, interscholastic appellate advocacy competition (brief-writing and oral argument). Students earn one credit per semester.
425. MOOT COURT – JESSUP COMPETITION. 1 N
Interscholastic international competition in international law (brief-writing and oral advocacy).
415. MOOT COURT – NATIONAL COMPETITION. 2
Interscholastic appellate advocacy competition (brief-writing and oral argument).
421. MOOT COURT – NATIONAL MOCK TRIAL. 2 CR/NC
Interscholastic national mock trial competition.
420. MOOT COURT – NEGOTIATIONS. 1 CR/NC
Interscholastic negotiations client counseling competition.
417. MOOT COURT – OTHER APPELLATE COMPETITION. 1
Other interscholastic appellate advocacy competition (brief-writing and oral argument).
424. MOOT COURT – OTHER COMPETITION. 1 CR/NC
Other interscholastic competition.
414. MOOT COURT SUPREME COURT DAY COMPETITION. 2
Appellate advocacy competition (brief-writing and oral argument). Final round is argued before the Iowa Supreme Court during the Supreme Court Celebration.
290. NATIONAL SECURITY LAW. 2-3 A
This course examines the constitutional provisions, federal laws, and federal policies that govern the national security of the United States. Topics covered include war powers, homeland security, intelligence collection, the protection of national security information, collective and unilateral self-defense, the targeting of terrorists, war crimes tribunals, indefinite detention, interrogation, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the international law of armed conflict, and the separation of national security powers. The course focuses on the distinct but overlapping national security roles played by the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the federal judiciary, Congress, and the president.
291. NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENTS. 1
This 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.
051. NEGOTIATIONS. 2 CR/NC SK
Students develop the practical skills needed in negotiation using a variety of means, including classroom demonstrations, videotaped critiqued exercises, and videotapes of mock negotiations by practicing attorneys.
269. NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS. 3 A
This course will cover the formation, operation, and governance of nonprofit organizations, including both legal and practical aspects of basic statutory approaches, the role of the board and evolving fiduciary duties and legal responsibilities, and constitutional and regulatory issues posed by charitable solicitations. It will cover various tax issues, such as obtaining federal and state exemption; deductibility of contributions; and affirmative requirements and limitations, such as ones on lobbying and political campaign activities. There will also be some coverage of selected issues dealing with mutual benefit and private membership organizations. Each student will prepare articles and bylaws, prepare a client memorandum, and complete various portions of IRS Form 1023, in addition to a final examination. Co-requisite: Business Associations (LAW 204).