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Drake Law School's top-ranked legal clinic and five centers prepare students for professional practice and career success.

Drake Legal Clinic

Through Drake’s legal clinic, students build valuable professional experience and apply classroom knowledge to real-world situations.

Each student can participate in one of Drake Law School's five clinical programs. Working with real clients with real legal problems, students analyze complex information, build communication skills, develop advocacy strategies, negotiate and mediate, and more.

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Centers of Excellence

Drake Law School's five unique centers provide opportunities for students to pursue their professional interests while also serving the community.

From drafting legislation to improving the lives of children to studying agricultural law in Cuba, Drake's centers offer a wide range of opportunities for practical experience.

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Institute for Justice Reform and Innovation

The Institute for Justice Reform and Innovation serves as a center for research and training on topics including implicit bias, sentencing reform, and improving trial procedures. The independent and nonpartisan institute is led by Judge Mark W. Bennett.

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Institute on Guardianship and Conservatorship

Drake established the Institute on Guardianship and Conservatorship in collaboration with the National Health Law and Policy Center at the University of Iowa College of Law. The Institute's mission is to promote an Iowa guardianship and conservatorship system that meets the needs of vulnerable Iowans through implementation of the recommendations of the Iowa Guardianship and Conservatorship Reform Task Force through:

  • Education
  • Research
  • Demonstration and service projects
  • Technical assistance and consultation
  • Advocacy

For additional information, contact Patricia Houlihan, Clinician in Residence, at 515-271-1942 or patricia.houlihan@drake.edu.

 
Law School News
October 1, 2018
Drake Law School will host International Law Week Oct. 1-5. Events include an international food fair, presentations on international law opportunities for students, and more.