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Drake Named a Top Law School in the Nation for Child and Family Law

Drake University Law School earned an A ranking for child and family law in preLaw magazine, placing Drake among the top 28 law schools in the nation for this field. This is the sixth year in a row that Drake Law received recognition for excellence in child and family law.

The publication based the rankings on the law schools’ offerings in family law, including clinical programs, certificates, externships, and courses. The results are reported in preLaw’s Back to School 2023 issue.

For two decades, the Joan & Lyle Middleton Center for Children’s Rights has stood as the foundation of Drake University’s esteemed children’s rights program. It has consistently taken the lead at local, statewide, and national levels in enhancing child welfare and juvenile justice systems through its commitment to training, advocacy, and litigation. Within the Middleton Center for Children’s Rights, the Children’s Rights Clinic plays a pivotal role, equipping law students with the skills and knowledge necessary for fulfilling and prosperous careers in child advocacy.

The issue highlighted Drake Law School’s newest student organization, the Youth Law Society. This organization was formed to serve and engage with children in the community. The Youth Law Society helps high school students complete forms for federal student aid. Members also volunteer to read with local elementary school students. Plans for the fall include professional networking events and a guest speaker who will talk about the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision involving the Indian Child Welfare Act.

“Drake Law is great place for students interested in juvenile or family law practice to get the mentorship and practical training they need to hit the ground running upon graduation,” Professor Nickole Miller said. “I am proud of the work student attorneys in the Children’s Rights Clinic are doing to protect and expand the rights of children and youth through direct legal representation in court and administrative proceedings, systemic advocacy work, and community education projects.”

Read the full issue online (for the Youth Law Society highlight, visit pages 10/11 and for family law rankings, see page 44).

About Drake Law School 

For over 150 years, Drake Law School has helped launch successful careers, providing a legal education that emphasizes experiential learning backed by a solid foundation in legal theory. As the only law school in the capital city of Des Moines, students gain unparalleled access to internships, externships, and clerkships. Drake Law graduates leverage the experience gained from hands-on learning and are ready to put the law in action from day one, joining an alumni network of 6,000+ who use their law degree in all 50 states and across the globe—in every facet of the legal profession. Learn more about a legal education at Drake.