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LPS students participate in a number of student organizations on campus. These organizations provide community, enrichment, and opportunities for personal and professional development.

LPS Student Advisory Board (LPS SAB)

The LPS SAB gives students an opportunity to be more involved with the life of the department. Board members organize events, publish the LPS newsletter, meet with prospective students, engage with alumni, and collaborate with faculty on department development. 

Delta Theta Phi 

Delta Theta Phi is a professional fraternity that unites Drake students who have an interest in working in the legal profession. This organization is open to all majors, with a focus on preparing those students planning to attend law school in the future. As an organization on campus we provide valuable information and networking opportunities to our members through our partnerships with Kaplan and Drake Law School as well as other Law Schools in the Midwest.


Mock Trial

Drake Mock Trial is a student-run organization that participates in competitive nation-wide trial simulations.  Despite its legal connotations, Mock Trial is open to students from all backgrounds and areas of study.  No prior experience is required, and members are drawn from Humanities, STEM, Business, and Fine Arts alike.  Members learn public speaking, analytical thought, and legal procedure.  There are also leadership positions open to those willing to step up to the challenge.


Student Senate

The Drake University Student Senate works directly with faculty and administration to ensure the voices of students are heard on campus. Involvement in the senate not only allows you to represent your fellow students, but also provides hands-on leadership experience and the chance to have an impact on student life at Drake.

Multicultural Student Organizations

Unity Roundtable is comprised of the following organizations:

  • African & Caribbean Student Association (ACSA)
  • Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA)
  • Coalition of Black Students (CBS)
  • Disability Action Awareness Community (DAAC)
  • Hillel
  • Interfaith at Drake
  • International Student Association (ISA)
  • Intervarsity (IV)
  • La Fuerza Latina (LFL)
  • Malaysian Student Association (MASA)
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • Rainbow Union (RU)
  • South Asian Student Association (SASA)
  • Student Activists for Gender Equity (SAGE)

Ron and Jane Olson Center for Public Democracy

Intentional programming and initiatives shape the learning experiences of the Public Democracy Scholars and other Drake students with an interest in politics, community leadership, public service, law, policy, or social change.

Nelson Institute

The Rolland and Mary Nelson Institute provides in-depth international knowledge and experiences to Drake students, faculty, and staff. The institute offers a solid forum delivering a balance of extensive research and hands-on exercises. Participants learn how to work within a team and build relationships with intercultural entities to find common ground. Participants also gain a better understanding and perspective of the steps involved in building bridges and working towards the common good of humanity on a global scale. 

Harkin Institute

The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement is located at Drake University and serves as a venue and catalyst for dynamic non-partisan research, learning, and outreach to promote understanding of the policy issues to which Senator Tom Harkin devoted his career.

Vote Smart

Vote Smart's mission is to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans.

Principal Center for Global Citizenship

The Principal Center for Global Citizenship works to ensure global perspectives and concepts are an integral part of the intellectual and cultural experience of all members of the Drake community.

The Center provides development resources for both students and faculty, and funds programs such as the Global Scholar/Practitioner in Residence.

The Center is supported by Principal.

Office of Community Engaged Learning and Service

The mission of the Office of Community Engaged Learning is to develop and encourage changemakers who know themselves, understand the complexities of the world they live in, and take creative action to solve problems. 

College Republicans

Drake Democrats


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