Legislative Practice Certificate

The Legislative Practice Certificate gives students a first-hand look into the legislative process from a legal perspective.

Drake Law School's proximity to the Iowa legislature in the capital city of Des Moines offers students a valuable opportunity for practical experience in legislative practice.

The Legislative Practice Certificate combines coursework and internships to give students a significant understanding of the law-making process.

Download the Legislative Practice Certificate Checklist.

See Legislative Practice Certificate Learning Outcomes


The Legislative Practice Certificate is obtained by successfully completing 14 credits of the following courses.

Required Courses

Administrative Law (3 credits)
State and Local Government Law (3 credits)
Legislation – Must be taken 2L year, first semester (2 credits) 
Legislative Internship – Must be taken 2L year, second semester (2 credits)
Legislative Practice – Must be taken 3L year, first semester (2 credits) 
Legislative Practice Internship – Must be taken 3L year, second semester (2-3 credits)

For more information about courses, see Drake Law School's course descriptions.

Learn more about Legislative Practice Center internships.

Program Director:

Julie Smith, Director of the Legislative Practice Center; Assistant Professor of Law

Certificate Notification Form

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August 22, 2017
Peter Coniglio, LW’78, recently completed a detail as an associate counsel to President Donald J. Trump, during which time he helped review candidates for federal government posts and prepared them for nomination hearings before they were considered for U.S. Senate approval.