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Drake Legal Clinic

Note to the Public:

Due to recent University policy in response to COVID-19, this building is closed to the public until further notice. If you are a current client, please contact your student attorney. Unfortunately, we are unable to assist new clients at this time. We will post an update when that changes. 

Drake's legal clinic allows students to apply their classroom knowledge to the representation of real clients in a first-class clinical setting.

Through the Drake Legal Clinic, students have the chance to gain practical experience by working with actual clients. The clinic also serves the community by helping those who might not otherwise have access to legal assistance.

Learn more about our clinical programs:

Iowa Student Practice License

Students who have completed the equivalent of three semesters of law school may apply for an Iowa Student Practice License.

Once admitted under the rule, participants in clinical programs are permitted to appear—under faculty supervision—as counsel on civil and misdemeanor criminal matters and to represent clients before the Iowa Court of Appeals or the Iowa Supreme Court.

Legal Clinic Faculty


Suzan Pritchett, Director of Clinical and Experiential Programs; Associate Professor of Law
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Sally Frank, Professor of Law
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Allison McCarthy, Clinical Teaching Fellow for the Refugee Clinic

Robert Oberbillig, Adjunct Professor of Law
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Brent Pattison, Director of the Joan and Lyle Middleton Center for Children’s Rights; Associate Professor of Law
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Robert Rigg, Professor of Law; Director of the Criminal Defense Program

Nick Roby, Director of the Entrepreneurial/Transactional Clinic; Clinician in Residence


The 40,000-square-foot Neal and Bea Smith Law Center houses the Law School’s clinical programs and includes classrooms, conference rooms, offices, a library, courtroom, and atrium.

The legal clinic courtroom with state-of-the-art technology is used for a variety of educational purposes and is also available for Iowa district court hearings, which are typically open for student observation.

Drake's legal clinic is supported by a $4.5 million federally funded endowment that ensures continued service to students and the community.

Contact Us

Neal and Bea Smith Law Center
2400 University Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50311
P 515-271-3851
F 515-271-4100

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