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Drake Law School: 150 Years of Preparing Students: Campus and Beyond

Early Years

In 1865, when Cole & Wright began teaching law, students met in Wright’s Des Moines law office. (History of the Iowa Law School, 1865-2010, at 7). When the school moved back to Des Moines, classes were originally held in downtown Des Moines. In 1904, Cole Hall was built, providing the law school's first home on the Drake campus. Since that time, new Drake law buildings have been constructed, and students have also enjoyed learning opportunities around the world.

Drake Campus

Cole, Cole Hall, and Class of 1905

Carnegie Hall

Cartwright Hall

Legal Clinic at 2805 Brattleboro

Neal & Bea Smith Legal Clinic

Opperman Hall and Law Library

Kerns Commons (Cartwright)


Drake campus buildings hosting law school classes:

1904-1938 Cole Hall

1938-1976 Carnegie Hall; Law Library remains at Carnegie until 1993

1976-present Cartwright Hall

1987-present Neal & Bea Smith Legal Clinic

1993-present Opperman Hall and Law Library

Beyond Des Moines

2014 Drake Law Trip, Havana, Cuba

With John Caulfield, Chief of Mission of the U.S. Interests Section

2014 Shijiazhuang, China

2008 New Orleans Pro Bono Project

2004 Paris, France

2014 Beijing, China

Brooke Xiao Yang (2L), Prof. Ellen Yee and Chengfei Ding (LW 1982)

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