Drake Law School offers courses
that focus not only on agricultural and food law issues but also on agriculture's effect on a state or country's social, economic and political systems. Lecturers from France, the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy and China have visited the center to share insights and teach Drake law students.
The Center annually hosts distinguished agricultural law scholars to teach Drake law students and share their unique cultural perspective on food and agricultural law. For information about Visiting Scholars, click here
Careers & Internships
Drake's Agricultural Law Center attracts students from throughout the United States. Graduates practice ag law with government agencies, private businesses, financial institutions and state legislatures that deal with ag issues. Drake's lawyers also go into private practice, representing farm, ranch or agribusiness interests, domestically and internationally. Drake students have opportunities to work with state and federal institutions. They include the state office of the USDA Farm Services Agency, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, the Rural Concern Hotline, the farm division of the Iowa Department of Justice and the Office of General Counsel of the USDA in Washington, D.C. Interns might help develop and implement government farm programs; identify and protect wetlands; and provide legal information about farm debt relief. Many Drake students also clerk for private law firms that represent farmers and agricultural businesses.
Summer Agricultural Law Institute
The Center’s annual Summer Agricultural Law Institute features a series of one-week law courses for students and attorneys. National and international agricultural law scholars teach and participate in institute activities. Recent courses include Farmland Preservation, Legal Issues in Biotechnology, An Introduction to Doing Business in Italy, and Legal Issues in Direct Farm Marketing.
Agricultural Law in Cuba- Travel Seminar
In January 2012, 18 Drake University Law Students traveled to Cuba as part of the first U.S. legal group to visit Cuba to study Agricultural Law. For more information about the year-long seminar and week-long Cuba experience, click here