Drake Law School

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Drake University's law school is one of the twenty-five oldest law schools in the nation, tracing its history to 1865. It is a charter member of the American Association of Law Schools, has been accredited since 1923 when accreditation first began, and is one of only seventy-five ABA-approved law schools to have a Chapter of Order of the Coif. Drake University Law School is home to the American Judicature Society, the archives of the National Bar Association, the nation's oldest and largest national association of predominately African-American lawyers and judges, and the Drake Constitutional Law Center, which is one of only four constitutional law programs established by the U.S. Congress and funded by the federal government. The Center's mission is to foster in-depth study of the United States Constitution. A significant aspect of the Center's activities is the Dwight D. Opperman Lecture series, an annual event of national importance in constitutional law.

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Drake Law School Admissions

Drake Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 75% of its applicants. Comparatively, Drake is Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2028 490 367 (74.90%) 100 (20.4%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.00 3.27 3.57
LSAT 148 151 154

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $38,866 $38,866
Part Time $18,824 $18,824

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $20,216
  • Living off-campus: $20,216
  • Living at home: $9,120

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: N/A
  • Application Fee: N/A

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Drake Law School Community

Drake Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Drake is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 25
  • Part Time: 18


  • # Female Faculty: 20
  • # Minority Faculty: 6


12.6 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: No
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: No

Drake Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Drake Law School 1L section size is 10% larger than law schools in Iowa and 28% smaller than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Drake Law School: 114
Iowa Average: 103
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 488
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 133

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 108
  • Law Journals: 71
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 8.2%
  • Second Year: 0.9%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Drake Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Drake Law School class of 2023 had an employment rate of 89% with 2% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2023, 77.5%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 56.0%
  • Business: 22.0%
  • Government: 10.0%
  • Public Interest: 5.0%
  • Academia: 2.0%
  • Iowa: 77%
  • Illinois: 6%
  • Texas: 3%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 77.5%
  • First Time Takers: 129
  • Average School: 84.0%
  • Average State: 84.4%
  • Pass Difference: -0.4%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Iowa: 84.4%
  • Passed: 84 of 100 (84.0%)
  • State Average: 84.4%
  • Difference: -0.4%