The General Civil Practice Clinic allows Drake students to directly serve individuals from the community who request services in an array of civil issues. Typical cases include landlord/tenant disputes, divorce and custody matters, domestic abuse, contempt proceedings, guardianships, and small claims. Selection of cases is done twice a year in January and August. During intake periods, potential clients go through a brief interview over the phone.
The Advanced Civil Practice Clinic differs from the General Civil Practice Clinic in that each student would be assigned cases most likely to go to trial. In such cases, the advanced student would be the lead student attorney and a new general practice clinic student would second chair the trial. Students must have completed an entry level clinic course and have permission of the instructor.
Drake University Legal Clinic
2400 University Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311
Phone: (515) 271-3851
Fax: (515) 271-4100
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Faculty & StaffSally Frank
, professor of law, supervises/instructs second and third year law students handling civil cases before trial courts.
Shauna Bury is the legal assistant for the General/Advanced Civil Clinic.
The General Civil Practice Clinic has two intake days per year, one in the Fall semester (usually August) and one in the Spring semester (usually January). During the intake days Family Law cases are accepted including custody, divorce (with or without children), and modifications to decrees. Certain types of cases may still be accepted after the intake days including small claims (under $5,000), landlord/tenant (excluding evictions), guardianship, domestic abuse, step-parent adoption, and denied unemployment cases. There are several criteria used to determine which cases are accepted. These include the difficulty of the case, the educational value to the student, and the availability of student attorneys.