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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
DL - Distance learning

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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.

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

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 SK
This is a companion course to Advanced Criminal Defense Clinic (LAW 511). 
This is two credit hours of the total experience which 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.

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.

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.

254. APPELLATE ADVOCACY. 2 SK
Students will focus on drafting, editing, and polishing an appellate brief for submission in the Supreme Day Court competition, and will hone and sharpen written advocacy skills.  Briefs will be submitted in early March.  Then, the focus of the class shifts to oral argument.  Students will develop oral advocacy skills and polish their prepared oral argument for the competition, then compete in front of mock judges for assessment as part of the final grade, together with their competition brief.  Top performers after those rounds will present in the final round, before the Iowa Supreme Court.  Students can expect to understand appellate procedure and appellate advocacy in a new light and will be able to develop valuable skills for actual appellate advocacy during their careers.

311. APPLIED IMMIGRATION LAW AND POLICY. 2 SK
Applied Immigration Law and Policy is an interdisciplinary course offered to 2L and 3L law students in addition to upper level students in the Program in Law, Politics, and Society (LPS) at Drake University.  Through classroom-based and project-based learning, students will be exposed to the substantive area of immigration law and learn to analyze the law and immigration policies as they affect immigrant rights in Iowa.  In addition, students will have the opportunity to develop lawyering and problem-solving skills in the areas of community outreach, organizational representation and advocacy documents.  Students will partner with Des Moines-based immigration non-profits such as Justice for our Neighbors, American Friends Service Committee for Refugee and Immigrants, and Middleton Center's Incarcerated Parents Program to identify and address challenges facing the Iowa immigrant community.

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 DL
The Law School offers the Bar Preparation course every Fall and Spring semester. The class is designed to develop the study habits and test taking skills unique to the bar examination. The course is limited to third-year students in their final semester. This is a hybrid course, largely offered online through video lectures that review substantive law and provides strategies for approaching MBE, MEE, and MPT questions.  Students are required to have individual meetings with the instructor to discuss effective methods for memorizing the law, create a study plan and to review their MBE and MEE performance.  Students are required to write answers to many practice essay questions and receive feedback. A practice bar examination under exam conditions is given as a midterm and at the end of the semester.  Throughout the course, there are live sessions where we provide additional information related to preparing for the bar exam.

The course is an elective for most students, but under Student Handbook Rule 9.1.4 students with a CGPA of 2.5 or lower at the end of the Spring semester of their first year, and any 3L student with a CGPA of 2.5 or lower upon entering her/his last semester is required to take the course. Students who are required to take the course are required to achieve a passing grade in order to graduate. 

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. 2-3
This 2-3 credit course is a seminar that explores current issues in corporate and business law.  Coverage focuses on many of the topics covered in the basic Business Associations course, but at a more advanced level.  Issues to be studied include choice of entity and related business planning considerations, shareholder litigation, mergers and acquisitions, hostile takeovers, and insider trading.  The course will offer opportunities for drafting practice, but the primary determinants of the student's grade will be class participation and one or more research paper(s).  The research paper(s) may be used to staisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement.  Business Associations (Law 205) is a prerequisite.

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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