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Drake Law School and the Iowa State Public Defender announce new Wrongful Convictions Clinic

Drake Law School and the Iowa State Public Defender announce new Wrongful Convictions Clinic

Drake Law School and the Iowa State Public Defender are excited to announce a new collaboration creating a Wrongful Convictions Clinic. The Wrongful Convictions Clinic at Drake Law School will begin in January 2021. The Clinic will be led by the State Public Defender’s Wrongful Convictions Division. Student attorneys in the clinic will represent individuals...

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Drake Law School named a top school for Criminal Law by PreLaw Magazine

Drake Law School named a top school for Criminal Law by PreLaw Magazine

Drake Law School earned a place on PreLaw Magazine’s list of top law schools for Criminal Law with an A- rating. Law schools were graded based on the breadth of their curricular offerings including concentrations, clinical programs, centers, externships, journals, student groups, certificates, and other offerings. Drake Law offers students substantial opportunities to learn about...

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Drake University Constitutional Law Center announces the 2020 Judge James Grant Iowa Constitution lecture

Drake University Constitutional Law Center announces the 2020 Judge James Grant Iowa Constitution lecture

The Drake University Constitutional Law Center is pleased to announce James A. Gardner as presenter of the 2020 Judge James Grant Iowa Constitution Lecture. His lecture titled “Is Iowa a Liberal Democracy?” will be delivered virtually on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. Gardner is the Bridget and Thomas Black SUNY Distinguished Professor at SUNY...

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Drake Law School named to preLaw Magazine’s 2021 Employment Honor Roll

Drake Law School named to preLaw Magazine’s 2021 Employment Honor Roll

Drake Law School earned a spot on preLaw Magazine’s 2021 Employment Honor Roll for outperforming expectations when it comes to placing graduates in legal jobs. The magazine calculated a predicted employment percentage based on traditional school profile numbers including students’ average LSAT scores and undergraduate GPAs and compared that number to its actual employment percentage. Drake...

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Drake Law School selects Allan Vestal for a prestigious Dwight D. Opperman Distinguished Professorship

Drake Law School selects Allan Vestal for a prestigious Dwight D. Opperman Distinguished Professorship

Drake University Law School is proud to announce the selection of former dean Allan Vestal as a Dwight D. Opperman Distinguished Professor of Law. The Opperman Distinguished Professorship recognizes faculty who have demonstrated the highest level of teaching, scholarship, and service to the law school, the university, and the profession.   Vestal joined Drake Law School in 2009 as dean and professor of law....

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Drake University Constitutional Law Center announces the 2020 Constitution Day Speaker

The Drake University Constitutional Law Center is pleased to announce Stephen Gardbaum as the 2020 Constitution Day speaker. Gardbaum will present “The Counter-Playbook:  Resisting the Populist Assault on Separation of Powers.” The Constitution Day Lecture is scheduled for Sept. 17, 2020 at 3 p.m. and will be delivered virtually. Gardbaum holds the Stephen Yeazell Endowed...

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Drake University Law School announces fall webinar series to examine racism in America

Drake University Law School announces fall webinar series to examine racism in America

Drake University Law School will host a fall webinar series to explore whether existing policies and practices perpetuate racial inequities in American society – from racial profiling to Afrocentric facial feature bias and environmental harms. This series of live-streamed talks, open to law students, lawyers and the larger community, features Drake Law faculty and guests...

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Drake University Law School to offer spring enrollment for first time in history

Drake University Law School to offer spring enrollment for first time in history

For the first time in its 155-year history, Drake Law School is offering a spring enrollment option, a choice no other law school in Iowa—and few in the country—offers. Incoming Drake Law students will have the option of beginning law school in January 2021, rather than waiting until June or August, the traditional start dates....

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Drake Law Dean Jerry Anderson elected to the prestigious American Law Institute

Drake Law Dean Jerry Anderson elected to the prestigious American Law Institute

Drake University Law School is pleased to announce that Jerry L. Anderson, Dean and Richard M. and Anita Calkins Distinguished Professor of Law, has been elected to the prestigious American Law Institute. The Institute’s members consist of judges, professors, and lawyers, who are elected based on their “outstanding achievement in the legal profession.” The Institute’s...