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Middleton Center for Children's Rights Academics

Students in the Middleton Center for Children's Rights explore children's rights issues and learn about the workings of juvenile court.


Drake Law School offers courses such as Children and the Law and Family Law, in addition to two clinical courses on children's rights.

For more information, see Drake Law School's course descriptions.

Children's Rights Clinic

The Children's Rights Clinic furthers the training and public service goals of the Middleton Center for Children's Rights.

Through the clinic, third-year Drake law students practice for a year in juvenile court under the supervision of an experienced clinical professor. Students help identify and research public policy issues, and then draft proposed legislation.

Learn more about the Children's Rights Clinic.


Law students have opportunities for internships through Juvenile Law or the Middleton Center for Children's Rights.

The Juvenile Law internship places students in a wide array of legal settings including the offices of the Attorney General, Public Defender, and County Attorney, the Department of Human Services, the Youth Law Center, or other agencies involved in juvenile justice. Interns have also served as clerks to juvenile court judges.

Interns in the Middleton Center for Children's Rights work on a variety of projects geared towards community needs. Projects may include research and writing on topics of juvenile law, production of educational materials, work on the center's website, and more.

Learn more about Drake Law School's internship opportunities.


Students have opportunities to research children's rights issues and draft legislation and accompanying documents.

The center then works with Drake's Legislative Practice Center to submit the legislation to a board member who is a licensed lobbyist to get the legislation passed.

Students can sign up for extra credit to work with the lobbyist.

Law School News
February 20, 2020
John Gilbertson, a third-year student at Drake University Law School, was recognized onstage during GRAMMY Week 2020 at the 22nd Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Event and Scholarship Presentation, hosted by the Recording Academy. His paper, titled Play It Again Sam: The Free-Market Case for Government Intervention in the Music Streaming Sector, received runner-up in the Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition, winning him a trip to Los Angeles and a $2,500 scholarship.