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Program Overview

An undergraduate major at Drake lays an ideal foundation for the study and practice of law.

Our students develop the ability to think analytically and critically, read widely and well, and communicate effectively, all of which will be crucial in your future legal career. 

All of our business majors are required to take at least one course in business law, with an option to take more. You can also earn a concentration in business law, strengthening your preparation and credentials for law school. 

Drake Law School has proven connections to the bench and bar. The law school is one of four federally endowed law schools in constitutional law and also specializes in agriculture and food law, intellectual property, legislative practice and children’s rights. Alumni pursue private practice and public service: better-known law alumni include Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver. As of fall 2011, four of seven members of the Iowa Supreme Court either taught at or graduated from Drake Law School.

The law school’s First-Year Trial Practicum, the only one of its kind in the nation, puts students in the courtroom during their first year. Students attend an actual state or federal court jury trial and participate in question and answer sessions with the judge, attorneys and members of the jury.

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