Drake University is a selective, private, co-educational university located in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The institution offers a number of undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as professional programs in business, law and pharmacy. Today, Drake is one of the twenty-five oldest law schools in the country. Distinguished alumni include Dwight D. Opperman, former CEO of West Publishing Company, after whom Drake's law library was named; Neal Smith, who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1959 until 1995. Drake is noted as a frequent host of Presidential Primary Debates leading up to the Iowa Caucus. Most recently it hosted the ABC News/Yahoo/Des Moines Register Debate in December 2011.
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