Registration for Spring 2020 is upon us, and there are many course offerings available for students interested in business, competition, or intellectual property law.
When thinking about registration, 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 graduation requirements?
If you are planning on a career in business law 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 rising 2L or 3L looking to tackle more advanced subjects, the following courses will help you hone your skills:
- Antitrust Law
- Corporate Finance
- Corporate Taxation
- Debt Transactions
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Nonprofit Organizations: Advocacy, Collaboration, & Fundraising
There will also be four January intersession courses: Accounting, Tax & Business Considerations for Lawyers; Advanced Legal Research Methods in Specialized Subjects: Corporate and Finance; Medical Tutorial for Law Students; and Principles of Corporate Finance.
Finally, for upperclassmen trying to complete their experiential, writing, or other graduation requirements, consider these course offerings:
- Patent Prosecution Seminar
- Deals Seminar
- Compliance, Ethics and Risk Management
- Iowa Medical Innovation Group 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 Student Handbook.)
For rising 2Ls 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.
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.