About the Drake Law Review


The Drake Law Review  publishes exemplary articles, notes, and lectures that are academically and practically relevant to professors, judges, practitioners, and law students. Publish works are informative, thoroughly researched, and diverse in scope.  Drake University Law School students serve on the editorial board and staff. The students rigorously edit each published work in the quarterly issues to maintain the Drake Law Review’s reputation as one of the top law journals in the nation.

The Drake Law Review has enjoyed much success. For instance, Drake Law Review is ranked as the 31st  most court-cited legal periodical  for 2011–2014. In addition, the Drake Law Review has published articles by legal scholars such as Frank Michelman, Peter Edelman, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady, Erwin Chemerinsky, Cass Sunstein, Randy Barnett, Cheryl Harris, Paul Brest, Stephen Carter, and Michael Gerhardt. Further, in 2003, the United States Supreme Court once again cited the Drake Law Review. Justice Stevens’s dissenting opinion in United States v. Am. Library Ass’n, Inc., 539 U.S. 194 (2003), extensively quoted Gregory K. Laughlin’s article entitled “Sex, Lies, and Library Cards: The First Amendment Implications of the Use of Software Filters to Control Access to Internet Pornography in Public Libraries,” 51 DRAKE L. REV. 213 (2003).


This site hosts recent articles, notes, and lectures published in the pages of the Drake Law Review.  In addition, this site is home to Discourse, an online journal founded in 2012 by the Drake Law Review.

Joining the Drake Law Review

Working as a staffer or editorial board member of the Drake Law Review is one of the most rewarding student experiences at Drake University Law School. In their collective efforts to edit the articles and notes published in the Drake Law Review, students sharpen their legal research and writing skills, enhance their critical-thinking abilities, and develop professional connections that set them apart from their peers. In addition, each junior staffer authors a student Note—an academic, persuasive piece analyzing current issues in the legal field—that may be considered for publication. At least eight student notes are selected for publication in the Drake Law Review each year.

The legal community recognizes that service on the Drake Law Review represents an extraordinary achievement. Because of this, membership is highly sought by law students. Applications for the next year’s junior staff members are distributed on the last day of spring semester finals. Students will have several weeks to complete the application, which traditionally includes academic information, an editing exercise, and a writing problem. Members of the editorial board extend invitations to up to 25 individuals with strong academic performance and sound writing abilities.

The Drake Law Review editorial board is the governing group of student editors that ensure quality production of each Drake Law Review issue. Each spring, the current editorial board selects their successors from the pool of current junior staffers.

Membership on the Drake Law Review often serves as a critical stepping-stone to a successful legal career. Serving the publication is a universal signal that an individual possesses initiative, dedication, superior legal research and writing skills, and the ability to work collaboratively. Drake University Law School graduates that serve on the Drake Law Review go on to careers at top law firms and leading public interest entities, as well as clerking for federal or state court judges.

Gregory Brunk Endowment

Funding for the Drake Law Review is provided by the Gregory Brunk Endowment

This endowment was created through a generous gift from the trust of Mr. Gregory Brunk, LW’19, who passed away in 1965.  When the Drake Law Review began in the early 1950s, Mr. Brunk was the first donor to the publication.

A lifetime resident of Des Moines, Iowa, Mr. Brunk received his bachelor degree and law degree from Drake University.  He was Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Coif.  A highly respected Des Moines attorney, he helped establish the law firm of Brunk, Janss, Dreher, Wilson & Adams.