Course Descriptions T-U

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

107. TORTS. 4
The study of the civil justice system's mode of compensating persons who are injured as a result of the negligence or the intentional acts of others.

246. TORTS – ADVANCED PROBLEMS. 3
An in-depth analysis of selected tort causes of action, including all of the business torts and the personal torts of wrongful death, personal injury, libel, slander, and invasion of privacy. Emphasis is placed on equipping the student with the skills essential to prosecute or defend each tort at trial.

903. TORTS – HEALTH LAW M.J. 4
The study of the civil justice system's mode of compensating persons who are injured as a result of the negligence or the intentional acts of others.

296. TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS. 3
Course examines unfair competition as it relates to trademarks and copyrights, including obtaining protection for and procedures for registering trademarks/copyrights and for pursuing infringement matters.

271. TRADEMARK AND UNFAIR COMPETITION LAW. 2-3
This course will introduce students to U.S. trademark and unfair competition law under the federal Lanham Act and related common law doctrines designed to protect against consumer confusion and appropriation of commercial goodwill. In addition to the technical requirements for trademark eligibility, registration, and infringement, the course will consider the constitutional and economic underpinnings of trademark protection and evaluate current trends toward the "propertization" of trademark law.

519. ENTREPRENEURIAL/TRANSACTIONAL CLINIC. 4-6 CR/F SK
Students enrolled in the Entrepreneurial/Transactional Clinic will provide comprehensive legal services to business startups, entrepreneurs, and community nonprofit organizations to help establish successful “for profit” and nonprofit enterprises.   The Clinic’s target clients include those entrepreneurs and business innovators, who are not able to afford retained legal counsel, and who are located in several underserved Des Moines neighborhoods. 
An ET Clinic student will interview assigned clients about their specific business ideas and plans.  Students will provide advice to the client about choice of entities and then draft the requisite organization documents for the client.  Depending on the type of entity selected, the student will create articles of incorporation and bylaws, or LLC certificates of organization and operating agreements.   A student may also evaluate a client’s need for the protection of the client’s intellectual property.  This may trigger trademark or tradename registration with applicable state and federal agencies. Students also may furnish legal representation regarding common issues that confront small business owners, including, employment agreements and policies, Sub-S elections, leases, purchase agreements, financing arrangements, buy-sell agreements, and independent contractor agreements.  The ET Clinic’s general mission is to afford students an opportunity to apply classroom legal doctrines to real life business ventures – and help each student develop basic practice skills for common “deal making” situations that will confront them as practicing lawyers.  Prerequisite: Business Associations (LAW 204).

050. TRIAL ADVOCACY. 3 SK
The study and practice of trial techniques, motions, voire dire, opening statements, direct examination, cross-examination, instructions, closing argument, courtroom courtesy, and professional responsibility. Moot trial method is used. Prerequisite: Evidence (LAW 113).

628. UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE INTERNSHIP. 3 CR/F
Students work with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Des Moines, participating in the development, preparation, and litigation of federal criminal or federal government civil actions. Students must have completed both Evidence (LAW 113) and Criminal Procedure I (LAW 236) prior to enrollment in the internship. Trial Advocacy is listed as a preferred credential but is not absolutely necessary. All U.S. Attorney’s Office interns must also pass a government background security check and meet the U.S. Attorney’s Office residency requirement.

611. USDA INTERNSHIP. 1-2 CR/F
Students will receive real-life practical experience in the operation of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies and implement various federal programs relating to agriculture and rural issues. The agencies involved with the internships include the state or regional offices located in Des Moines for Rural Development (RD), Farm Services Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).

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