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J.D. Program Application Instructions
LL.M. Program Application Instructions
M.J. Program Application Instructions
Nondiscrimination Policy


J.D. Program

Applicants to Drake Law School must submit an application form accompanied by a personal statement. Applicants must also take the LSAT and subscribe to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Visit www.LSAC.org for more details. Letters of recommendation, while not required, are strongly encouraged. Drake Law School is a participant in the CAS Recommender Service.

Applications for the 2014 entering class will be accepted through early August.  Students may begin applying for the 2015 entering class on September 1st.  The application priority deadline is April 1 of the year in which an applicant wishes to be considered for admission.  Admission and scholarship decisions are made on a rolling basis, therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit materials early. Because we do not evaluate an applicant’s file until the Office of Admission receives all the application materials, we highly recommend that applicants submit the application and make requests for supporting documents prior to the April 1 priority deadline.

Separate application procedures are required of international, visiting, and transfer students.


Apply Electronically

The $50 application fee is waived for electronic applications. Simply “request a fee waiver” during the online application process.

Some required items are not included in the electronic application. The following items must be received by the Admissions Office before your application is considered complete:
  • Your Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Law School Report
  • Scholarship Form(s), if applicable
  • Letters of recommendation (optional, but highly encouraged)

Request a Paper Application

To request a paper application, contact the Law School Office of Admission at 1-800-44-DRAKE x2782 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, e-mail law-admit@drake.edu, or download and print a pdf copy of the electronic application form.

Applicants should comply with LSAC's ethical standards in applying to law school.


LL.M. Program

*Separate application procedures are required of international students.

Applicants to Drake Law School's LL.M. program must submit the following items:
  • Completed application
  • Official law school transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • At least one letter of recommendation is required and up to three letters will be accepted

LL.M. Application Instructions

The application priority deadline is April 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester. Drake offers rolling admission, therefore, applications will continue to be accepted after the priority deadlines.

Application materials can be submitted via email to Chris Miller or mailed to:

Drake Law School
Office of Admission and Financial Aid
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311

Applicants should comply with LSAC's ethical standards in applying to law school.


M.J. Program

*Separate application procedures are required of international students.

Applicants to Drake Law School M.J. program must submit the following items:
  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • At least one letter of recommendation is required and up to three letters will be accepted
  • Copy of graduate examination scores (if applicable)

M.J. Application Instructions

The application priority deadline is April 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester. Drake offers rolling admission, therefore, applications will continue to be accepted after the priority deadlines.

Application materials can be submitted via email to Chris Miller or mailed to:

Drake Law School
Office of Admission and Financial Aid
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311

*Please note: Credits earned as an M.J. student are not transferrable should a student later decide to pursue the J.D. program.

Applicants should comply with LSAC's ethical standards in applying to law school.


Nondiscrimination Policy

Drake University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or veteran or veteran disability status in administration of its employment and personnel policies, educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other University-administered programs. Further, Drake University reserves the right to take affirmative action in connection with this policy in accordance with applicable law.

Drake University admits students, without regard to sexual orientation, to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to or made available to students at the University, and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in administration of its employment and personnel policies, educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other University-administered programs, except when such discrimination is required by Federal or State law or regulations.

Character and Fitness for the Bar

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction.  Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction.  Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

A character and fitness review will require truthful, accurate and complete reporting of all requested information related to past conduct that bar examiners may deem relevant to one's fitness to practice law, in most jurisdictions including (but not limited to) all criminal arrests, charges, plea agreements, convictions, or instances of being taken into custody, as a juvenile or adult; all traffic violations except minor parking citations; involvement as a party to civil litigation; acts of fraud, dishonesty or lack of candor; educational discipline or misconduct; failure to pay financial obligations; and substance abuse.  Many jurisdictions require disclosure of all criminal arrests, charges, plea agreements, or convictions, as a juvenile or adult, even where the record has been expunged.

It should be noted that while bar admission boards require a complete disclosure of requested information, in many instances past relevant conduct, particularly if isolated and/or not recent, has not resulted in denial or delay of admission in a particular jurisdiction of interest.  A failure to truthfully, accurately and completely respond to a character and fitness inquiry, however, is commonly deemed a character and fitness violation in and of itself, and may be more detrimental to bar admission prospects than the undisclosed or incorrectly disclosed underlying conduct.  



 
Last Modified: 11/6/2014 11:23:00 AM by Kara Blanchard