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Drake Law School's top-ranked legal clinic and four 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 Drake Law School's 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.

To view a virtual tour of the legal clinic click here.

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Centers of Excellence

Drake Law School's four 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 & Innovation

The Institute for Justice Reform & 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 The Honorable Mark W. Bennett (Ret.).

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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

The Institute has put materials and resources regarding House File 591 and House File 610, including the Supreme Court forms on their website. Please vist here for more information.

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

 
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