Registration for Spring 2018 is upon us, and there are many course offerings available for students interested in business, competition, or intellectual property law.
When thinking about registration for any term, it’s always important to consider how your selections fit into the big picture of your legal education. What courses align with your career goals? Which prerequisites will you need to be ready for specific upper-level courses? Which courses are only available in alternate years? And, perhaps most importantly, what do you need to take to meet the graduation requirements?
If you are planning on a career in business or intellectual property law—or just exploring the possibility—the following foundational courses will give you a chance to test the waters and prepare for the multitude of advanced courses that build upon them:
If you are a 2L or 3L looking to tackle more advanced subjects, then the following courses will help you hone your skills:
- Antitrust Law
- Corporate Finance
- Corporate Taxation
- Debt Transactions
- International Trade Law: Basic Norms and Regulation
- Securities Regulation
- Unincorporated Business Associations
There will also be two January intersession courses: Medical Tutorial for Law Students and Remedies in Patent Law. Medical Tutorial for Law Students is a 2–3 credit course that will run from January 8–12, with 1–2 faculty supervised writing credits. Remedies in Patent Law is a one-credit course that will also run January 8–12, with a final exam after the last session on that Friday.
Finally, for upperclassmen trying to complete their experiential, writing, or other graduation requirements, consider these course offerings:
- Advanced Research in Specialized Subjects: Business Law
- Advanced Research in Specialized Subjects: Intellectual Property
- Intellectual Property Advocacy
- Iowa Medical Innovation Group Seminar
- Media Law
- Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II
- Patent Prosecution Seminar
Graduation requirements for JD students include a minimum of 84 total credit hours, of which at least 64 must be through faculty instruction courses, along with experiential and writing coursework. (For a full list of graduation requirements, see the College of Law’s curriculum website. Members of the class of 2018 are subject to a different set of graduation requirements.)
For 1Ls not yet feeling the pressure of graduation, it’s a great time to think about opening doors to the curriculum. For example, you may consider taking Business Associations because it is a prerequisite for Corporate Finance, the Deals Seminar, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Regulation, and Unincorporated Business Associations. Business Associations is also a co-requisite for Corporate Taxation.
Likewise, Introduction to Intellectual Property is an excellent course to take if you are interested in IP, and it will be helpful for anyone going on to take Patents, Copyrights, or Trademarks & Unfair Competition.
Whether you intend to practice business, antitrust, or intellectual property law, establishing a solid foundation in any of those areas—and developing the special expertise that comes with it—will be instrumental in helping you jumpstart your career.