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LPS Message from the Faculty


Welcome to the website for Drake University's Program in Law, Politics, and Society.

The LPS program is an undergraduate, interdisciplinary, legal studies major with around 175 students. Our students have a wide variety of interests and career goals, and our faculty come from several academic fields and disciplines.

We do, however, have a common set of questions and interests. LPS majors, and faculty, tend to be most interested in the ways that law and power operate in human societies - through government, politics and jurisprudence, as well as through media, social movements, and cultural production. We are interested in formal expressions of law (such as supreme court decisions), but also the way law operates in everyday life.

LPS majors tend to choose Drake because of the small class sizes, close interaction with faculty, outstanding peers, and the chance to engage in direct learning via internships, service learning, and experiential opportunities in Des Moines, and beyond.

Many of our majors go on to law school and careers in law. If this is your interest, LPS provides excellent preparation. But LPS graduates can also be found in the nonprofit sector, politics, government, social services, and business, just to name a few.  

We hope you find the information here helpful, and that it tells you what you need to know to decide if this is the right major for you, what classes to take (and organizations to be involved in) once you get here, and where you might continue your education and work experience after you leave.

Don't let this be a substitute, though, for visiting in person. The office of admissions can make arrangements for you to tour the campus, observe a class, and meet with any of us one on one to talk more about Drake and LPS. And, of course, you may reach out to any of us via email. We’d be happy to chat.

Thank you for your interest in LPS. We hope to see you soon!

Renee Cramer

Will Garriott

Nate Holdren

Matt Canfield 

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