Students enjoy an active co-curriculum to enhance their classroom experiences. Students are also welcome to participate in the unique first-year trial practicum
, the annual Supreme Court Celebration
, and pre-arranged visits to the Iowa Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, as well as workshops and regular meetings with Drake Law faculty.
Drake faculty and students express their commitment to a range of interest areas through participation in law school organizations and journals
. Participation in such activities can be a means of intellectual growth, career exploration and personal development and can provide a valuable supplement to classroom instruction.
In previous years, students have had the opportunity to attend the Dwight D. Opperman Lecture
series, which was endowed in 1988 to bring the country's top jurists and legal scholars to Drake. This series has been an integral part of activities offered by the Constitutional Law Center
. Directed by leading comparative constitutional law scholar Professor Mark Kende
, the Center is one of only four constitutional law programs established by U.S. Congress and funded by the federal government. Since its inception, 11 U.S. Supreme Court Justices have delivered the Opperman Lecture: Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, the late Justice Harry A. Blackmun, the late Justice Lewis F. Powell, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Stephen G. Breyer and Justice Samuel A. Alito.
In addition, students can participate in events and projects sponsored by the internationally recognized Agricultural Law Center
. Now in more than 30 years of existence, the Center provides opportunities to study how the legal system shapes our food system and influences the ability of the agricultural sector to produce, market and utilize agricultural products. The Center is directed by Professor Neil Hamilton
, one of the nation’s leading authorities on agricultural and food law.