Summer Constitutional Law: Jump start to the first year
Law school is unlike any other learning experience. Drake makes the transition easier by offering its optional Summer Institute in Constitutional Law to incoming first-year students. The program includes a sequence of three two-week courses on constitutional law, as well as an introductory course on legal research and writing. Credits earned in the Summer Institute count toward the 90 credit hours needed for graduation. 2013 Summer Institute in Constitutional Law Schedule
Summer Institute in Constitutional Law Course List
Summer Institute Orientation: June 3Orientation Schedule
Introduction to Legal Writing (0 Credit): June 3 - June 5Professor Lisa Reel Schmidt
received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Southwest Missouri State University and her J.D., order of the coif, from Drake Law School where she was a member of the Drake Law Review. Reel Schmidt teaches in the areas of legal writing, appellate advocacy, contract drafting, civil litigation, ethics and professional responsibility, and social security disability.
The Elements of Law: June 6 - June 20
This course explores the legal process, focusing on the interrelationships between the various legal institutions and sources of law. Students examine the process of common law decision making, the operation of precedent and the construction of statues. Readings include the topics of law and economics, critical legal studies and comparative analysis.Professor Keith Miller
, the Ellis and Nelle Levitt distinguished professor of law, received his BA and J.D. degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his Masters of Laws degree from the University of Michigan. He teaches in the areas of torts, products liability and constitutional law. In addition to being a contributing author to The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, he is author of numerous journal articles in the torts and products liability fields.
Race and the Constitution: June 21 - June 28 & July 1-3, 8, 9
This course will examine the American legal experience with slavery and segregation and their elimination through law. Students will study the case law that interpreted the Constitution to initially subordinate an entire people, as well as the Civil Way Amendments that provided a real promise of equality and racial justice.Professor Russell Lovell
received his B.B.A. from The University of Notre Dame, his J.D. from The University of Nebraska, and his LL.M. from The University of Missouri-KC. He teaches in the areas of civil rights and equal employment opportunity, constitutional litigation, and remedies and is director of the pathbreaking First-Year Trial Practicum jury trial experience. He has received numerous local, regional and national honors from the NAACP for his civil rights litigation accomplishments.
The Supreme Court Seminar: July 10 - July 22
This course focuses on the United States Supreme Court, emphasizing the forces and factors that shaped the court’s decision making over the years. Special attention is paid to changes in the court’s composition and the views and personalities of individual justices, as well as the court’s changing role in our political system. Professor Hunter R. Clark
received his A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Clark has primary responsibility for Drake Law School’s international law courses and seminars, and serves as faculty advisor to the International Law Society. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he wrote for the Harvard International Law Journal. He is the author of two books, biographies of Thurgood Marshall and William J. Brennan Jr., the late U.S. Supreme Court Justices.
Drake Law's Summer Institute in Constitutional Law is open to all entering first-year law students. If you wish to enroll in the Summer Institute, you must select the "summer term" on the statement of confirmation or online form when paying your seat deposit. For further information contact the Drake Law School Office of Admission and Financial Aid, 2507 University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311; 1-800-44-DRAKE, x2782. Locally and outside the United States, call 515-271-2782. E-mail: email@example.com