Clinics & Centers

Drake Law School's top-ranked legal clinic and five centers prepare students for professional practice and career success.

Neal & Bea Smith Legal Clinic

Through Drake’s legal clinic, students build valuable professional experience and apply classroom knowledge to real-world situations.

Each student can participate in one of Drake Law School's five clinical programs. Working with real clients with real legal problems, students analyze complex information, build communication skills, develop advocacy strategies, negotiate and mediate, and more.

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Centers of Excellence

Drake Law School's five unique centers provide opportunities for students to pursue their professional interests while also serving the community.

From drafting legislation to improving the lives of children to studying agricultural law in Cuba, Drake's centers offer a wide range of opportunities for practical experience.

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Institute on Guardianship and Conservatorship

Drake established the Institute on Guardianship and Conservatorship in collaboration with the National Health Law and Policy Center at the University of Iowa College of Law. The Institute's mission is to promote an Iowa guardianship and conservatorship system that meets the needs of vulnerable Iowans through implementation of the recommendations of the Iowa Guardianship and Conservatorship Reform Task Force through:

  • Education
  • Research
  • Demonstration and service projects
  • Technical assistance and consultation
  • Advocacy

For additional information, contact Professor Patricia Houlihan, Interim Director of the Neal & Bea Smith Legal Clinic; Clinician in Residence.

Law School News
August 18, 2017
Drake Law School will honor former U.S. Congressman Neal Smith, LW'50, on Sept. 21. The event will feature selections from a videotaped interview in which Smith reveals details of his nearly four decades in public service.
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