Iowa Law offers a variety of core and advanced courses in the areas of corporate law, securities regulation, tax, and antitrust law. Students who take these courses graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in practice areas including business litigation, transactional planning, and regulatory compliance. 

The faculty who teach in this area specialize in topics such as corporate governance, corporate crime, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, business organizations, antitrust and competition, bankruptcy, securities and financial regulation, and corporate compliance. They publish their research in leading academic journals, present at conferences around the world, and frequently speak to state and national media about current issues affecting businesses.  

Iowa Law is also home to the Innovation, Business & Law Center, an educational venture uniting faculty, practitioners, and students who teach, work on, and study legal issues posed by technological advancements—particularly in the business context.  

Curriculum Guide

The most fundamental course in this area of study is Business Associations (usually offered both spring and fall semesters). For many students, Business Associations is their first introduction to business issues and no specific knowledge is presumed or expected. The course introduces students to the various forms of business entities available in the U.S., as well as to concepts relevant to business litigation and transactional planning. 

The other foundational courses in the business law curriculum are Basic Federal Income Tax and Securities Regulation. Basic Federal Income Tax introduces students to tax law concepts important to both personal and business tax planning. Securities Regulation addresses the planning and litigation issues that arise for the many companies subject to federal securities law and regulations.  

In addition to these foundational courses, students interested in this area of study are encouraged to take a variety of advanced and related courses, including Antitrust Law, Corporate Crimes, Corporate Finance, and Mergers and Acquisitions.  

Seminars and experiential learning opportunities in this area of study include courses like Deals; Compliance, Ethics and Risk Management; Corporate Governances and Control; and Law and Economics. Similarly, through the Iowa Legal Clinic, Iowa Law students develop transactional legal skills by representing organizational entities. And, through the Field Placement Program, students work directly in the in-house counsel offices of businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or the Federal Trade Commission. 

Courses & Programs

  • Business Associations
  • Basic Federal Income Tax
  • Securities Regulation 

  • Accounting, Tax, and Business Considerations for Lawyers 
  • Advanced Topics in Corporate Law 
  • Antitrust Law 
  • Compliance, Ethics, and Risk Management 
  • Corporate Crimes 
  • Corporate Finance 
  • Corporate Governance and Control 
  • Corporate Taxation 
  • Deals 
  • Employment Law 
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property 
  • Labor Law 
  • Law and Economics 
  • Law and Economics of Money and Banking 
  • Mergers and Acquisitions  
  • Nonprofit and Philanthropic Organizations 
  • Nonprofit Organizations: Structure, Governance, and Strategy 
  • Nonprofit Organizations: Advocacy, Collaboration, and Fundraising 
  • Patent Law 
  • Principles of Contract Drafting  
  • Private Companies  
  • Taxation of Partnerships 
  • Tax Practice and Procedure 
  • Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law 

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