A.B. U. Michigan, 1885; Ph.D., 1900; LL.B., 1902; study at Jena & Munich, 1890-2; Greifswald, 1899.
Princ. Battle Creek (MI) HS, 1885-8; asst. prof. Lat. U. Michigan, 1890-1900; jr. prof. Lat. & Roman law, 1900-2; prof. Roman law, 1902-7; prof, law, 1907-30.
“The Principales of the Early Empire” (Michigan, 1900); printed Michigan University Studies, Humanistic Ser. 1 (1904) 261-332.
T. Macci Plauti Menaechmi (trans.) (Boston, 1890); Elisha Jones, Exercises in Latin Prose Composition (rev. by Drake) (Chicago, 1897); “Lectures on the History of Roman Law,” U. of Michigan Law Lectures 1 (1898-1902) 1-34; Jones, First Lessons in Latin, rev. Drake (Chicago, 1901); Rudolf Stammler, Fundamental Tendencies in Modern Jurisprudence (first published in Michigan Law Review) (Ann Arbor, 1923); Christian Wolf, Ius gentium methodo scientifica pertractatum (trans.) (Oxford, 1934).
Joseph H. Drake began his career as a classicist, translating Plautus and revising Elisha Jones' popular texts keyed to the grammars of Allen & Greenough, Gildersleeve & Lodge, and others. After receiving his Ph.D. at the age of 40 he turned his interest to law, in which his principal contributions were translations of the works of Wolff and Stammler. He taught an important course in Roman law at Michigan for a quarter-century and published significant articles in legal journals.