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Drake Agricultural Law Center

Drake Law School's Agricultural Law Center has been leading the way in agricultural law for 35 years.

Founded in 1983, the Agricultural Law Center provides opportunities for Drake Law students to explore how the legal system impacts the food system and the agricultural sector's ability to produce, market, and use agricultural products.

The center also provides outreach including guides, research, blog posts, and other resources for the next generation of American farmers, landowners, and agricultural entrepreneurs.

Points of Pride

First American law school with a certification in agricultural law

Students can earn a Food and Agricultural Law Certificate, which consists of an internship, legal research and writing project, and courses on agricultural and food law. Learn more.

Only accredited law school with a student-published legal journal focused on agricultural law

The Drake Journal of Agricultural Law explores legal issues affecting the agriculture industry, with articles by professors, judges, attorneys, practitioners, students, and others on a national and international level. Learn more.

First U.S. law students to study agricultural law in Cuba

In 2012, Drake Law students became the first U.S. legal group to visit Cuba to study agricultural law. Since then, the center has sent numerous groups to the country to explore Cuban agricultural development and law. Learn more.

Focus on key stewardship issues facing agriculture

The center's activities include research, events, and projects focused on key agricultural issues such as land tenure, soil conservation, water quality, and climate change. Learn more.

Co-host of Food Law Student Leadership Summit

In 2016, the center hosted the national Food Law Student Leadership Summit, along with the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Food Law Student Network Leadership Committee. Learn more.


Neil Hamilton

Director for the Agricultural Law Center and Dwight D. Opperman Chair of Law, Professor of Law

Past chair of the Agriculture Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS)

Jennifer Zwagerman

Associate Director of the Agricultural Law Center

President of the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA)


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