Course Descriptions

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsDescriptionCompetencies
PRL103Introduction to Law3A general introduction to the American legal system including case briefing, court structure, and civil, criminal and administrative procedure. An examination of ethical and professional practice standards applicable to the legal profession. Understanding of the roles of the judge, jury, attorney and legal assistant.Loading...
PRL112Legal Research and Writing I3The nature of legal authority and tools and techniques of basic legal research and writing. Emphasis will be on Iowa law. Degree Students: If transcript has not been submitted, you must contact the registration office to register for this course. Prerequisite: ENG 105Loading...
PRL113Legal Research and Writing II3Advanced application of principles of legal research. Preparation of interoffice memorandums and demand letters. Out-of-state and federal law. Prerequisite: PRL 103, 112Loading...
PRL118Computerized Legal Research1Introduction to computer-assisted legal research. Training in legal research search strategies using both the Lexis and Westlaw systems. Prerequisites: PRL 103, 112, 113Loading...
PRL125Evidence: Theory and Practice3A study of the substantive and procedural laws of evidence. Introduction to the rules of evidence. Methods of discovering, preserving and presenting evidence in civil and criminal trials. Prerequisite: PRL 131 or instructor permissionLoading...
PRL131Torts and Litigation I3A study of the basic law relating to personal and property damage. Topics include intentional tort, negligence, nuisance, strict liability and automobile law. Principles of trial practice, including drafting basic pleadings and organization of materials for trial. Prerequisite: PRL 103, 112 or instructor permissionLoading...
PRL132Torts and Litigation II3A continuation of Torts & Litigation I. Areas of concentration will be premise liability, family torts, defamation, governmental immunity, malpractice, and wrongful death. Advanced trial practice includes drafting of pleadings and discovery documents. Prerequisite: PRL 131Loading...
PRL137Debtor/Creditor Law3Procedures in nonbankruptcy debt collection. Fundamentals of bankruptcy law and bankruptcy procedure. Examination of alternatives to formal bankruptcy proceedings. Prerequisite: PRL 103, 112 or instructor permissionLoading...
PRL141Business and Corporate Law I3A study of the fundamentals of the law of contracts, the uniform commercial code and the rights of creditors in transactions.Loading...
PRL142Business and Corporate Law II3Continuation of Business & Corporate Law I. Survey of rights of debtors and creditors in collections and bankruptcy. Formation of proprietorships, partnerships and corporations, and a survey of the law applicable to each. Preparation of documents necessary to the organization and operation of each. Prerequisite: PRL 141Loading...
PRL151Real Estate Law3A study of the law of real property and a survey of the more common types of real estate transactions. Emphasis is on the preparation of the instruments necessary to complete various real estate transactions. Prerequisite: PRL 103, 112 or instructor permissionLoading...
PRL161Family Law3The legal aspects of the family relationship. The rights and duties of the parties in marriage, annulment, divorce, child custody and adoption. The course will emphasize the use of domestic law forms. Prerequisite: PRL 103, 112 or instructor permissionLoading...
PRL167Probate Procedure3A study of wills including validity requirements, modification and revocation. Formation of trusts and the characteristics and requirements of each type. Laws of testate and intestate succession. Forms and procedures for probating an estate. Prerequisite: PRL 103, 112 or instructor permissionLoading...
PRL171Administrative Practice3A study of administrative law and procedures for administrative hearings in various governmental agencies. Drafting and researching administrative rules and regulations will be covered. Prerequisite: PRL 103, 112 or instructor permissionLoading...
PRL182Mediation3Classroom study of mediating legal disputes. Students will study the purposes of mediation using "objective" criteria, impediments to resolution, moving beyond impasse and reaching an agreement. Prerequisite: PRL 103, 112 and/or instructor permissionLoading...
PRL280Legal Internship and Ethics4Application of the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom by interning in a private law office, governmental agency or private business that utilizes attorneys. Students will participate in seminars concerning their internship experiences and legal ethics. Total internship requirement is 225 hours. (P/F) Prerequisite: Minimum grades of C in all PRL courses and complete a minimum of seven PRL coursesLoading...