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Drake University Law School



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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 411
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 152 - 159
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.03 - 3.58
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 92.49%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 89.9%
Tuition $35,282




A core of “very approachable, knowledgeable” professors who boast “a lot of real world experience” form the backbone of the no-nonsense, “meat and potato” academics at Drake. “Don’t look for cutting edge here,” suggests one student. And that’s not a bad thing. As another student notes, “given the opportunity to go through the law school admissions process again, knowing what I know now, I would not change anything.” The “practical emphasis placed on legal research and writing skills” during your first year sets the groundwork for all that follows, not to mention sets students up for being able to success­fully attain a clerkship with area firms. “My academic experience has been great,” a 1L boasted. “My 1L professors prepared me for a summer clerkship with one of the larger and most respected firms in Des Moines.”Students indicate the administration can be “hit or miss” —some say they are “fantastic,” others that they “are a bit cold and hard to work with”—but even those students with a negative view of the administration have praise for the teaching staff. “They have all had practical careers before teaching, giving each class an added dimension. We’re not only learning the theory, but we are learning the law in practice from the numerous examples from our professors.” These educators are “open to answering questions” and tend to be “understanding and supportive,” a group who are “compassionate and understand that students have lives outside of school and emergencies that may distract us from class.”The facilities receive as much praise as the professors. “The research facilities and resources are great. The library is beautiful and a calm place to study with plenty of tables for 1Ls and carrels for upperclassmen.” Even though the facilities are not entirely up to date—some classrooms are on the older side—that will soon change. “The law school is just starting a renovation, so the facilities will be upgraded by the start of next fall.” Class scheduling can be an issue for some, and at times it “suffers from a lack of course selection” but “the administration does its best to work with students to make sure they are able to take the classes they want and need.”

- The Princeton Review



Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 140

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA(6sem 2sum); JD/MPA(6sem 2sum); JD/PharmD; JD/MA Political Science(6sem 1sum); JD/MS Ag. Econ.(6sem 1sum); JD/MSW; JD/MPH; JD/MHA

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 52
Full-Time Faculty 27
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 9
Part-Time Faculty 16
Faculty Gender 65% Male
34% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 13 : 1


Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 55% Male
45% Female
Student Diversity
White 85%
Multi-racial 0%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Ethnicity Unknown 3%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 2%



Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $35,282 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $35,282 $35,282

Financial Aid

92% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$44,814 Average financial aid amount



Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision:

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

Drake University Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 152 - 159
LSAT Part-Time 159 - 159
LSAT Total 152 - 159

Drake University Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.03 - 3.58
Part-Time 2.68 - 2.68
Total 3.03 - 3.58

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA

Important: Personal Essay, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Recommendations, Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency



Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 87%
First Time Pass Rate 92%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 89%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 30
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer


Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 90%
Average Starting Salary $52,750
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 24 19%
Firm Sized 11-25 10 8%
Firm Sized 26-50 9 8%
Firm Sized 51-100 1 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 3 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 1 1%
Business Industry 33 26%
Government 16 13%
Public Interest 8 6%
Federal Clerkship 2 2%
State Clerkship 8 6%
Academia 2 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 3 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 8 6%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 1 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CO 2%
MN 6%
IA 78%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Drake University Law School include:

  • Lt. General Russell Davis - Chief of US National Guard 1998-2002
  • Terry Branstad - Governor
  • Robert Ray - Former Governor
  • Mark Cady - Current Chief Justice of Iowa Supreme Court
  • Dwight D. Opperman - CEO, West Publishing Company

Associations & Memberships

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