Des Moines

Whether you're a foodie, art aficionado, or sports fan, there's something for everyone in Des Moines.

Professional Opportunity

As the only law school in Iowa's capital city, Drake Law students have a competitive advantage obtaining clerkships, internships, and professional employment.

Drake's campus is 10 minutes from the state capitol, state and federal courts, and a dynamic business district that houses national headquarters for insurance, banking, and publishing firms—many of which are led by Drake alumni.


From festivals, miles of biking trails, wineries, and breweries to concerts, national sporting events, shopping, and restaurants, Des Moines is a dynamic city that continues to evolve.

Take a walk around Grey's Lake, go shopping in the vibrant East Village, catch a baseball game, or join your classmates for bar review at a local pub.

Political Hub

As Iowa's capital, Des Moines is known as a political hot spot. During campaign season, the city plays host to presidential candidates, national news correspondents, and local and visiting politicians.

Drake Law students have endless opportunities to get involved in the political action, from attending presidential debates on campus to volunteering for campaigns to meeting candidates during town halls.

Don't just take our word for it.

  • Best Places to Live (US News)
  • #1 Best Place for Business and Careers (Forbes)
  • #1 Best Place in U.S. for Young Professionals (Forbes)
  • #1 Metro for Economic Strength (Policom)
  • #1 Highest Median Income (US News)
  • #1 Best U.S. City for Business (MarketWatch)
  • America's Wealthiest City (NBC's TODAY)

Additional Resources

City of Des Moines Official Site
Court Avenue District
Des Moines Art Center
Des Moines Social Club
Downtown Des Moines
Greater Des Moines Partnership
Greater Des Moines Young Professionals Connection
Historic East Village
Jordan Creek Town Center
Local Accommodations

Law School News
August 18, 2017
Drake Law School will honor former U.S. Congressman Neal Smith, LW'50, on Sept. 21. The event will feature selections from a videotaped interview in which Smith reveals details of his nearly four decades in public service.