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Life After LPS

See what some of our LPS graduates are doing post-Drake.

Erin Hogan
Brittney Miller
Kathryn Russell
Megan Verhalen 

Erin Hogan

Class of 2013

Erin was a legislative clerk for Iowa State Representative Nancy Dunkel (HD 57, Dubuque County) during the 2013 legislative session.

I'm interested in urban planning and public policy, but LPS graduates pursue a variety of opportunities after graduating: law school, graduate programs in the social sciences, work in the non-profit sector, Fulbright programs, jobs in government, etc.

The LPS major is based on a sociolegal study of the interactions between political forces, formal Law, institutions, and the public. We study how these interactions create policy and affect change. Decisions are not made in a vacuum, insulated from a cultural or political environment. Examining the context and different perspectives surrounding changes and developments in our civil society helps us interpret their meaning and significance--this is one reason we consider the LPS major "interdisciplinary."

After graduating from Drake in May 2013 with a number of diverse experiences and memories, I look forward to pursuing a career in urban and regional planning. It integrates my interests in public policy, sustainability, transportation issues, and community development. 

Brittney Miller

Class of 2011 

I am a 2011 Drake University graduate getting ready to start my third and final year at the University of Minnesota Law School. I am thrilled to be spending the summer in Washington, D.C. working for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to combating racial inequality and injustice.

I am working with the organization’s Employment Discrimination Project and Access Campaign. The Project’s goal is to breakdown barriers to employment that disproportionately affect minorities, such as credit checks and criminal background checks.

As a student at Drake University, I took as many LPS courses as I could. LPS introduced me to the various roles the legal system plays in social justice movements and everyday life. LPS courses were more than educational—they were empowering. Because of LPS, I started law school having already read and discussed Supreme Court cases and law review articles. It is exciting to now be working for an organization that recently won a Supreme Court case, Arizona v. ITC, and is awaiting another decision, Shelby Co. v. Holder, the Voting Rights Act case.

Kathryn Russell

Class of 2010

When I first enrolled at Drake, I chose LPS as my major because I was interested in attending law school. However, the broad LPS curriculum quickly expanded my interests, enabling me to take many religion courses and allowing me to easily add a religion minor. During my junior year, I took advantage of Drake’s study-away program in Washington, D.C., studying international law at American University and interning with the Lutheran Church’s policy office. I became passionate about how law and religion could work together to be a force for justice in the world.

After graduating from Drake, I was offered a full scholarship to the Master of Divinity program at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN. I recently graduated from Vanderbilt with my MDiv, have accepted a position as a pastor in the Washington, D.C. area, and will soon be ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Megan Verhalen

Class of 2012 

I actually chose to go to Drake because of the LPS program. The reason? Two words: Law School. I wanted a major that would prepare me for the place I had heard so many horror stories about. And when I heard about Drake's LPS program, I knew I'd found what I was looking for.

As part of the LPS program I learned everything from how to read a judicial decision (which was extraordinarily helpful upon entering law school) to how to be more engaged with the world around me (which has been most important in my everyday life). The LPS program taught me more than just the facts, it opened my eyes to various societal and legal perspectives. I couldn't have asked for a more thoughtful, well-rounded experience.

At present, I'm a rising 3L at Michigan State University College of Law. This summer I'm interning in the Genesee County Prosecutor's Office for the Prosecuting Attorney's Association of Michigan, and during my 3L year I will be the Teaching Assistant for the MSU Law's First Amendment Clinic.

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