Drake’s location in Iowa’s capital city of Des Moines (just 10 minutes from the downtown area) is one of the Law School’s great strengths. A regional hub for government, publishing, business, insurance, and more, Des Moines offers law students access to internships, clerkships, and professional opportunities
at the state capitol, in state and federal courts, and in thriving corporations.
Des Moines is also a great place to enjoy modern art or classic architecture, experience metropolitan amenities or explore scenic bicycle trails. The city’s diverse offerings include the antique shops and one-of-a-kind boutiques of historic Valley Junction; downtown’s lively East Village and Court Avenue districts; a zoo, science center and art museum and the annual Des Moines Art Festival, which is ranked among the top fine art festivals in the country.
But don’t just take our word for it. Check out "In the Spotlight
", a Business Record publication highlighting Des Moines' national rankings and awards, the Greater Des Moines Partnership's "Des Moines. Do More.
" brochure, and the Partnership's Des Moines Video
Other accolades includeAmerica's Wealthiest City
(based on cost of living and opportunities) TODAYThe #1 Best Place for Business and Careers ForbesThe #1 Best Place in U.S. for Young Professionals Forbes
The #1 Best City for Jobs This Summer ForbesThe #2 Best U.S. City for Jobs ForbesThe #2 Strongest Local Economy PolicomThe #1 Highest Median Income US NewsThe #1 Best Place to Raise a Family ForbesThe #1 Best U.S. City for Business MarketWatch More Greater Des Moines RankingsDelta Sky Magazine's "Iowa Profile"
More about Des Moines Downtown Des Moines Information for work and play in the downtown Des Moines area. Lodging and Restaurants
A listing of local lodging and restaurants within walking distance of Drake University.
City of Des Moines Official Site Information from leisure and activities to transportation and employment
Greater Des Moines Partnership Facts about the city from the local Chamber of Commerce
Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau
Local events and news
Greater Des Moines Young Professionals Connection
Connecting young professionals to each other and the community
Des Moines Register Local daily newspaper
Des Moines Metromix Local entertainment guide Des Moines Art Center Visual, musical and cinema arts presentations
Court Avenue District
Downtown Des Moines Entertainment District
Historic East Village
Features unique retail shops, restaurants and businesses
Jordan Creek Town Center
Shopping center, dining, hotel and amphitheater
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