Drake University Law School
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Drake University Law School
Drake University Law School
Parent schoolDrake University
DeanJerry Anderson
LocationDes Moines, Iowa, US
Coordinates: 41°36?08?N 93°39?11?W / 41.60216°N 93.65306°W / 41.60216; -93.65306

Drake University Law School is a fully accredited law school of Drake University, located in Des Moines, Iowa. The school has over 330 full-time students. The school is led by Dean Jerry Anderson. Founded in 1865, Drake Law School is one of the 25 oldest law schools in the country. The Law School was established by Iowa Supreme Court justices George Wright and Chester Cole, who aimed to teach law in proximity to the courts so students could witness the law in action. Drake Law School's curriculum includes the nation's only First-Year Trial Practicum. In 2020, the American Bar Association ranked Drake the 7th best competition school in the nation. In 2020, the U.S. News and World Report ranked Drake Law School as the 105th best overall law school in the nation.


Founder Justice Chester C. Cole

Established in 1865 by Chester C. Cole, a justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, Drake Law is one of the 25 oldest law schools in the country and the second law school founded west of the Mississippi River after the University of Iowa, which Justice Cole co-founded with Justice George G. Wright. Justice Cole felt that having a law school located in the state capital would be advantageous.[1][2] In time, Drake Law alumni would fill the ranks of all branches of Iowa local and state government.


In addition to the full-scale, three-year, Juris Doctor program, the law school features the following special programs:

  • Drake Law Review
  • Drake Journal of Agricultural Law
  • 5 Research Centers: Agricultural Law, Children's Rights, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property, and Legislative Practice
  • Certificate programs in several fields
  • Civil and Criminal Clinical Programs
  • Multiple Moot Court and Mock Trial teams
  • Summer in France Program
  • Summer Institute in Constitutional Law (for entering 1L's)
  • LL.M./M.J. Program in Intellectual Property
  • M.J. Program in Health Law
  • LL.M./M.J. Program in Individualized Legal Studies (Concentrations in: Business Law, Criminal Law, Estate Planning, Family Counseling and the Law, Human Rights and Global Citizenship, Legislative Practice and Government Relations, Sustainable Development)

Opperman Lecture Series

Opperman Hall - Home of the Drake University Law Library

The Dwight D. Opperman Lecture series, endowed by the former CEO of West Publishing and Drake Alumnus, is an annual event of national importance in constitutional law. Several Supreme Court Justices have visited campus to deliver lectures on American jurisprudence.

Drake Law Review

As of 2014, the Drake Law Review is nationally ranked among the top 40 law journals for the number of times courts have cited its articles. The rankings, compiled by John Doyle of the Washington and Lee Law School Library, show the Drake Law Review had 56 citations, according to the 2014 data. Drake is in the top group of more than 1,640 journals in the rankings.[3]

Renovated in 2013, Cartwright Hall houses classrooms and conference spaces, technology, and the faculty and administration of Drake Law.

The Drake Law Review is published quarterly by Drake Law students. In the past few years, the Drake Law Review has published articles by distinguished legal scholars and judges, including: Erwin Chemerinsky, Cass Sunstein, Randy Barnett, Cheryl Harris, Paul Brest, Stephen Carter, Michael Gerhardt, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., and Stephen Rapp (Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations Special Court for Sierra Leone).

The Drake Law Review increased its online presence in 2015 with a new website. The site hosts articles, notes, and lectures published in the pages of the Drake Law Review. In addition, this site is home to Discourse, an online journal founded in 2012 by the Drake Law Review.[4]

Notable alumni

Drake Law has graduated numerous significant lawyers, including several state/federal judges and politicians, including:


According to Drake's official ABA-required disclosures, 68.4% of the Class of 2015 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage required jobs 10 months after graduation. 5% of the Class of 2015 was unemployed 10 months after graduation.[12]


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Drake for the 2014-2015 academic year is $58,146. The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $214,740. The average amount actually borrowed in law school by 2013-14 JD graduates at Drake Law School was $108,857.[13] Drake Law School offers both guaranteed and conditional scholarships, that latter of which depend upon the student maintaining a specific grade point average, rather than remaining in good academic standing. Conditional scholarships are controversial because courses are often graded on a strict curve. During the 2014-2015 academic year, 21 Drake law students had their conditional scholarships reduced or eliminated.[14]


  1. ^ "Drake University Record". Drake University College of Law. June 1905. p. 2. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Judicial Branch". judicial.state.ia.us. 2001 Iowa Court Information System. Archived from the original on December 11, 2004. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "Law Journals: Submissions and Ranking". lawlib.wlu.edu. Archived from the original on 2006-05-08. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Drake Law Review". Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ http://www.iowacourts.gov/About_the_Courts/Supreme_Court/Supreme_Court_Justices/Chief_Justice_Mark_S_Cady/
  6. ^ Iowa Legislative Services Agency. "State Representative Daniel J. Jay". Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ https://legislature.idaho.gov/house/membership/
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-08. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Biographical Directory of Federal Judges Fagg, George Gardner". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ "Justice David Wiggins". Iowa Judicial Branch. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^ http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/107304/lieutenant-general-russell-c-davis.aspx
  12. ^ "Employment Statistics".
  13. ^ "Costs & Financial Aid".
  14. ^ "Drake Law School ABA Required Disclosures" (PDF).

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