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"Everything we've learned up until this point has
been put in perspective; this is the real thing."



Trial Practicum: law through the lens of the courtroom.

Drake is the only American law school where all first-year classes shift to a campus courtroom for a week, enabling students to view an actual state or federal trial as if in an educational laboratory. The trial practicum dissects every phase of a trial, from jury selection to jury verdict, incorporating small group discussions, lectures, practice panels and debriefings with attorneys, judge and jurors.

This event is possible only with the active cooperation of the judiciary, law enforcement, and the bar. A traditional event experienced in a revolutionary way, Trial Practicum is the most obvious example of Drake's holistic approach to legal education.

The Trial Practicum introduces the law to students in a way that no textbook can ever quite capture. Most importantly, Trial Practicum models the values of civility, professionalism and public service essential to the legal system.



Articles on the First-Year Trial Practicum

Two trials for 2014 Trial Practicum, Drake Law News/Events, March 2014

2013 First Year Trial Practicum addresses wrongful death, Drake Law News/Events, March 2013

First Year Trial Practicum gives students a unique view of the law, Drake Law News/Events, February 2012

Trial Practicum features vehicular homicide case, Drake Law News/Events, February 2010

ABA Student Lawyer, Education Innovation: Teaching students the law and lawyering

Drake Recognized as Curricular Innovator, Drake University Law School as one of nine schools identified as a curricular innovator by the Association of American Law Schools.

Innovative Education, The Syllabus published by the American Bar Association written by the Drake Law Trial Practicum director, Russell Lovell

Trial practicum integral to first-year law school curriculum, Judicature magazine written by the Drake Law Trial Practicum director, Russell Lovell

Drake’s First Year Trial Practicum in its Eleventh Year, Polk County Bar Association Newsletter (page 9) written by Drake alumni Erika Eckley

Case Summaries for over 11 years of the FYTP, written by Drake Law Trial Practicum director, Russell Lovell

Lawyering From Day One, The Law Teacher written by Drake Law Trial Practicum director, Russell Lovell

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