Diversity and Inclusion
Drake Law School’s long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion is expressed in a variety of ways. In addition to providing diversity scholarships and sponsoring special events, the Law School houses archives of the National Bar Association (NBA
). The National Bar Association was co-founded by alumnus Charles Preston Howard, LW’20, after African Americans were excluded from membership in the American Bar Association.
Des Moines has a rich history of inclusiveness as well. Vocativ (the global media organization for the Digital Generation) has recently ranked Des Moines 4th on their list of "America's Most LGBT-Friendly Cities"
(coming in after Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco).
For over 30 years, Drake Law has made a major scholarship commitment to achieve a diverse student body. With a scholarship budget of nearly $4 million, a majority of law students receive financial aid. Through its Opportunity Scholarship
awards, Drake Law School seeks a student population of many different experiences, opinions, backgrounds and cultures. In choosing the scholarship recipients, the Law School weighs many factors, including, but not limited to, race and national origin. The awards for these scholarships range from one-quarter to full-tuition and are renewable for recipients who are enrolled full-time.
In an effort to further facilitate learning, diversity, inclusion and understanding, the Law School’s Diversity Committee, comprised of student leaders, faculty and staff, sponsors events throughout the semester. The committee previously hosted a diversity orientation reception and the Diversity Career Forum, which provided an opportunity for students and local attorneys to network and discuss the importance of a diverse legal profession.
In 2011, Drake Law School served as one of two host institutions for the Council on Legal Education Opportunity Scholars (CLEO)
Six Week Pre-Law Summer Institute, a program that provides the opportunity for diverse and economically disadvantaged students to prepare for law school. The law school was presented with a Diversity Award from the CLEO Program in 2012. Additionally, Drake Law was inducted into CLEO’s inaugural group of William A. Blakey Diversity Pipeline Architects in 2013. Drake Law, in partnership with the Law School Admission Council’s DiscoverLaw.org Months
, also hosts semi-annual pipeline program events for racially and ethnically diverse high school students interested in the legal profession.
Cultural EventsDes Moines
, a city of over a half a million residents, was named the #1 City for Business and Careers
by Forbes in August 2013. The city also provides ample opportunities for cultural exploration and learning as well. Events such as I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa
, and the Latino Heritage Festival
, are hosted annually.
Drake Law’s numerous student organizations provide leadership opportunities for students in addition to supporting the social needs of its members. Membership in these diverse student organizations is open to all interested students. Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA)Black Law Students Association (BLSA)Drake Law Women Hispanic Latino Law Student Society (HLLSS)International Law SocietyLGBT Student Association
Halloween Hoops, an event co-sponsored by the Drake Student Bar Association and NAACP Des Moines.Diversity in Law School - LGBT ApplicantsDiversity in Law School - Racial/Ethnic Minority ApplicantsDiversity Committee of the Greater Des Moines Partnership
Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of IowaIowa Asian Alliance Iowa Pride NetworkIowa Division of Persons with DisabilitiesIslamic Center of Des MoinesItalian American Cultural Center of IowaIowa Civil Rights CommissionLatinos UnidosNAACP Des Moines