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Student Profiles

Our students come from all over the United States to experience Drake Law School's one-of-a-kind legal education.

Meet some of our students and learn about their opportunities to gain practical experience before graduation.

Anna Mallen

Class of 2019
Wartburg College

"Drake Law School allowed me to embrace the many opportunities available here in Des Moines and become part of a wonderful legal network that wants to see me succeed in my career."

  • Clerk at Whitfield & Eddy Law
  • Student attorney in Drake's General Civil Practice Clinic
  • Drake Law Review staff
  • Integrated Study Group leader

Ayinde Ashford

Class of 2019
Saginaw Valley State University

"I have always enjoyed representing others where the cause was just and such persons were not able to represent themselves. Drake Law helped me turn my passion into a career where I can make a real difference."

  • Clerk for Judge Colin Witt and Judge Romonda Belcher, Fifth District Court of Iowa
  • Member of ABA Arbitration team
  • Member of TYLA Mock Trial team
  • Treasurer of Black Law Student Association

Kerrigan Owens

Class of 2020
University of Iowa

"At Drake Law School, there is a genuine sense of community. The Law School's faculty go out of their way to help students and provide the tools necessary for them to succeed."

  • Intern for Environmental Law and Policy Center
  • Law clerk at Carney and Appleby PLC
  • Faculty Representative for Student Bar Association
  • Vice President of Drake Law Democrats

Lauren Calef

Class of 2020
Missouri State University

"I chose Drake Law School because of the institution's practical approach to providing a legal education and the immense opportunities offered through Drake's location in Des Moines."

  • Clerk at Parrish Kruidenier law firm
  • Drake Law Student Ambassador
  • Member of Drake Law Women
  • Member of Delta Theta Phi law fraternity

Madeline Meyer

Class of 2020
Drake University

"At Drake, you have a chance to get to know your classmates, form quality relationships with professors, and gain practical experience. Everyone has the chance to get involved and make a difference."

  • Clerk at Simpson Jensen Abels Fischer & Bouslog, P.C.
  • University Representative and Committee Chair, Student Bar Association
  • Member of Delta Theta Phi law fraternity
  • Member of Drake Law Women

Manuel Cornell

Class of 2018
Simpson College

"I set out for the challenge of becoming a lawyer. Drake Law School enabled me to participate in many different opportunities that helped me achieve my goals."

  • Law clerk at Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Intern for Chief Judge John Jarvey for the Southern District of Iowa
  • Student attorney in Drake’s Entrepreneurial/Transactional Clinic
  • Drake Law Review editorial board

Rachel Soderstrum

Class of 2020
University of Northern Iowa

"I chose Drake Law School because of the numerous opportunities in the city of Des Moines. Drake makes it easy to make professional—as well as personal—connections."

  • Intern with Hopkins & Huebner, P.C.
  • Member of Drake Association for Child Advocacy
  • Member of Drake Law Women
  • Member of Delta Theta Phi law fraternity
 
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