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Legislative Practice Certificate

The Legislative Practice Certificate gives students a first-hand look into the legislative process from a legal perspective.

Drake Law School's proximity to the Iowa legislature in the capital city of Des Moines offers students a valuable opportunity for practical experience in legislative practice.

The Legislative Practice Certificate combines coursework and internships to give students a significant understanding of the law-making process.

Download the Legislative Practice Certificate Form.

See Legislative Practice Certificate Learning Outcomes


The Legislative Practice Certificate is obtained by successfully completing 14 credits of the following courses.

Required Courses

Administrative Law (3 credits)
State and Local Government Law (3 credits)
Legislation – Must be taken 2L year, first semester (2 credits) 
Legislative Internship – Must be taken 2L year, second semester (2 credits)
Legislative Practice – Must be taken 3L year, first semester (2 credits) 
Legislative Practice Internship – Must be taken 3L year, second semester (2-3 credits)

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

Learn more about Legislative Practice Center internships.

Program Director:

Julie Smith, Director of the Legislative Practice Center; Assistant Professor of Law

Certificate Notification Form

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.