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
281. ELECTION LAW. 2-3 A S
This course examines the laws, regulations, and agencies that govern federal and state elections. Material covered includes the laws and cases that apply to election administration, campaign finance, the right to vote, representation and redistricting, partisan gerrymandering, bribery and corruption, judicial elections, ballot access, and ballot propositions. The course also examines the role of the Federal Election Commission and comparable state election agencies.
266. EMPLOYMENT LAW. 3
Course considers the legal relationships between employer and employee, primarily outside the union context. Material covered includes the establishment of the employment relationship; terms and conditions of employment; occupational safety, health and disabling injury, and illness; and termination of the employment relationship. An emphasis is placed on the application of casebook principles to practical problems, solutions, and strategies encountered in the practice of employment law.
519. ENTREPRENEURIAL/TRANSACTIONAL CLINIC. 4-6 CR/F
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).
231. ENVIRONMENTAL LAW. 3
A study of federal and state laws designed to address the problems of air and water pollution, toxic substance, solid waste and hazardous waste disposal, and the political and social impediments to improvement of the environment.
626. ENVIRONMENTAL LAW INTERNSHIP. 2-3 CR/F
Students serve as interns with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources or the Environmental Division of the Iowa Attorney General's Office.
062. ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICE. 3 A SK
The practice and procedure of environmental law with an exploration of several in-depth, substantive areas. Students study problems in environmental compliance and enforcement and complete exercises in client counseling, negotiation, and litigation against and on behalf of state and federal environmental agencies. Paper required. Prerequisite: Environmental Law (LAW 231).
312. ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION OF AGRICULTURE. 3 S
A focus on the increasing application of environmental protection laws to agriculture with an emphasis on understanding how efforts to protect soil and water resources shape agricultural production. Subjects include the impact of farming on the environment; concepts of land stewardship; federal and state laws concerning areas such as agricultural land preservation, livestock feeding facilities, pesticide registration and use, and organic food protection; the impact of environmental liability on land transactions; and sustainable agriculture.
063. ESTATE PLANNING. 3-4 A SK
Principles from wills and trusts, property, insurance, taxation, and business associations are combined to form a unified plan for the disposition of a decedent's wealth. Estate, gift and generation skipping taxation will be discussed. Drafting of dispositive instruments is emphasized. Prerequisites: Wills and Trusts (LAW 223). Federal Income Tax (LAW 208). Note that Federal Estate & Gift Taxation will no longer be taught as a separate course, but this material will be included within Estate Planning.
399. ERISA. 2
ERISA will cover the fundamental requirements of, and the plans and programs covered by, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”), including the reporting and disclosure requirements, participation and vesting, funding, the fiduciary responsibility requirements, administration and enforcement, penalties, the applicable provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, and guidance from the IRS, the Department of Labor (the “DOL”), and U.S. Government Accountability Office (the “GAO”), and plans covered by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (the “PBGC”). The course would be designed to appeal to students who are interested in employee benefit plans and the roles of the IRS, DOL, GAO, and PBGC in the regulation of ERISA. Guest lecturers from the government may participate in the course.
114. ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY (LEGAL). 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.
603. ETHICS INTERNSHIP. 1-3 CR/F
Students are placed with the Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board (part of the Office of Professional Regulation). Interns assist with investigation and prosecution of ethics complaints against attorneys, performing fact finding, research, and litigation support at ethics hearings before the Grievance Commission. Interns also help the Board with special projects and educational programming for Iowa lawyers.
The objectives of the Ethics Internship Program are to enhance students’ understanding of legal ethical rules as they apply to real practice situations; provide students with familiarity with the workings of the grievance and disciplinary system for attorneys; educate students about the bar’s expectations of attorneys once a complaint is made; and provide students with an opportunity to develop professional skills through fact finding on complaints, legal ethics research, and prosecution of ethics complaints.
557.EUROPEAN MIGRATION LAW-FRANCE. 1
The course will focus on the core issues of European migration law and the specific challenges that arise from the quasi-federal nature of the European Union. Through comparison with the U.S. legal system, students will analyze the similarities and the fundamental differences between the two systems.
The course will explore the European Union’s reaction to current migratory patterns in Europe, both those that exist within the EU and those that originate outside. We will examine the key distinction between the right to migrate granted to EU citizens and the status of nationals of other countries. A particular focus will be placed on the EU’s asylum policy, which is at the heart of many political and social issues related to migrations into the EU.
551. EUROPEAN UNION LAW-FRANCE. 1
The European Union has become a formidable trading bloc, and the gross national product of the European Union countries will soon rival that of the United States. As international trade increases, it is imperative that U.S. lawyers understand how the community is organized.
In this general introductory course, students explore the basic institutions and principles of the European Union as well as its procedures. The course looks also at the political reasons behind the creation of the European Union, and the impact of expansion to the former Soviet bloc countries of Eastern Europe. We will also look at the stresses and strains of recent years, and in particular the EU’s reaction to the nationalistic and authoritarian trends in some of the Member States.
113. EVIDENCE. 4
An examination of the rules of evidence, focusing primarily on the Federal Rules of Evidence. Topics covered include: relevance, character evidence, hearsay and exceptions, confrontation, direct and cross examination, impeachment, rehabilitation, lay opinions, expert evidence, best evidence, authentication, and judicial notice.
332. CURRENT ISSUES IN FAMILY LAW. 3 S
This course examines current issues of family law in depth. Topics may include legal issues arising from cohabitation, shared parenting and support, rights of unwed fathers, LGBTQ issues, international child abduction, and other current issues.
This course is offered for writing credit. Emphasis will be placed on writing concise persuasive arguments to be used in a legal practice setting.
237. FAMILY LAW. 3
An examination of the rights and obligations attending the status of marriage and its dissolution, rights and responsibilities arising from the family relationship, adoption, and child abuse.
399. FARM AND RANCH TAXATION. 2
This course is an introduction to the fundamental tax issues affecting farmers and ranchers. The overall goal of the course is to provide you with an understanding of how selected rules and concepts of federal tax law are applied in the agricultural sector. You will become familiar with rules and concepts in the area of income tax, entity selection and estate and gift tax. It is not possible to address all the intricacies of the tax laws in one course, but you will be exposed to a number of areas with the goal of helping you to identify and address issues you will face in your future practice. It will be assumed that students have had at least some prior exposure to the fundamentals of income taxation. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax (LAW 208)
646. FARM BUREAU INTERNSHIP. 1-3
Farm Bureau is a non-profit, national agricultural member association that also has state level organizations. Students working at the state or national level can receive credit for work done as part of the organization legal or policy teams.
235. FEDERAL COURTS AND JURISDICTION. 3
An examination of the jurisdiction of the federal courts and the interrelationship of the federal and state judicial systems. Among areas studied in detail are justiciability (such as standing, ripeness, and political question doctrines), federal question and diversity jurisdiction, removal, and conflicts between federal and state courts (such as injunctions, abstention, and habeas corpus).
218. FEDERAL CRIMINAL LAW. 3
Designed to teach students how to practice federal criminal law, this course covers substantive federal crimes, federal sentencing guidelines, federal rules, mandatory minimum sentences, sentencing enhancers, all stages of federal court proceedings, and landmark federal cases that impact the federal practitioner. Course covers drugs, guns, white collar crimes, immigration offenses, child pornography, and other areas. Attendance of federal court proceedings is mandatory.
208. FEDERAL INCOME TAXATION. 4
An in-depth study of individual income tax concepts and rules, including gross income, deductions, exemptions, tax credits, the sale/exchange of assets, like-kind exchanges, involuntary conversions, and sale of personal residence. Course also offers an overview of tax accounting, tax litigation, employee benefits, the tax planning process, and an introduction to tax research.
609. FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER INTERNSHIP. 3 CR/F
Students are exposed to the practical application of substantive law to the defense of criminal charges in the federal courts. Interns shadow a supervising attorney through at least one entire criminal proceeding, from arrest through appeal. Interns draft legal documents, interview witnesses and clients, and participate in plea bargaining.
101. FIRST-YEAR TRIAL PRACTICUM. 0
The trial practicum adds an important experiential learning dimension to the first-year curriculum. Students observe a live jury trial in its entirety, which serves as an educational introduction to litigation and trial practice. The trial takes place in the court room of the Neal and Bea Smith Law Center. A combination of small group discussions, practice panels, lectures, and debriefings with litigants and jurors allow students to witness the integration of legal theory and law practice.
307. FIRST AMENDMENT SEMINAR. 3 N S
The following topics will be covered: free speech methodology, prior restraint, unprotected and less protected speech, places available for speech, freedom of association, freedom of the press, and the free exercise and establishment clauses. U.S. Supreme Court decisions are emphasized throughout the course. The course will also cover some secondary readings that help explicate the cases. Selected procedural concepts and judicial doctrines may also be considered. This is a seminar and the grade will be based primarily on a paper. Students will write a draft paper, and there will be feedback on the draft. This class may be used to fulfill the writing requirement.
230. FOOD AND THE LAW. 3
A comprehensive review of legal issues concerning the operation of America's food system. The course examines the role of law in shaping the food system and considers issues such as food safety and inspection, food labeling laws, systems to improve food quality, hunger relief programs, the relation between food production and environmental protection, organic food laws, and international trade and food safety standards.
801G. FOUNDATIONS OF LAW. 3 (M.J. and LL.M. Only)
This course introduces common law doctrines relevant to corporate liability, including basic concepts from contracts, sales, torts, and criminal law.
268. FUNDAMENTALS OF LEGAL INVESTIGATION. 2
This course focuses on skills and methods needed to fully obtain facts necessary to determine strategies and analyze possible outcomes for all stages of litigation, both criminal and civil. Detailed information on searching public records, Internet sites, and other document retrieval, as well as methods to locate and interview people, will be provided to students through an interactive format. This class will focus on parallel investigation skills, i.e., both paper and people. Students will learn the relationship between documents/physical evidence and the thorough, reliable interviewing of clients and witnesses.