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Certificate Programs

Drake Law School offers 11 certificate programs, allowing JD students to get academic credit and build their resumes in a variety of specialties.

A certificate program is a formal course of study within the Law School curriculum that is analogous to a college major.

Successful completion of a certificate program not only represents significant learning in that topic, but it also demonstrates to potential employers a student's commitment to the practice area.

Download the Certificate Notification Form.

Certificate Programs:

Business Law Certificate
Program director: Professor Matthew Doré

Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution Certificate
Program director: Professor Laurie Doré

Compliance and Risk Management Certificate
Program director: Julia Steggerda-Corey

Constitutional Law and Civil Rights Certificate
Program director: Professor Mark Kende

Environmental and Sustainability Law Certificate
Program director: Dean Jerry Anderson

Food and Agricultural Law Certificate
Program director: Professor Jennifer Zwagerman

Intellectual Property Law Certificate 
Interim director: Associate Dean Andrew Jurs

International Law and Global Citizenship Certificate
Program director: Professor Hunter Clark

Legislative Practice Certificate
Program director: Professor Julie Smith

Prosecution and Defense Certificate
Program director: Professor David McCord

Public Service Certificate
Program director: Assistant Dean Erin Lee-Schneider

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.