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Facts and Figures

July 2015 Iowa Bar Passage Rate (first-time takers) = 84% (higher than the state and national average)

Drake Law's ten month employment statistics are consistently above the national average.  

      • 92.3% of Drake’s Class of 2015 was employed ten months after graduation, compared to 84.6% nationally. 
 
      • 86.3% of Drake’s Class of 2015 had positions requiring bar passage or where a J.D. was preferred, compared to 76.2% nationally.  

      • Only 3.4% of Drake’s Class of 2015 reported they were unemployed and seeking a position 10 months post-graduation, compared to 9.7% nationally.

Employment Data

ABA Employment Summary: 20132014 and 2015.
 
2013   2014  2015
Reporting Rate 100% 99.2% 98.3%
Total Students 138 130 117
Employed 122 (88.4%) 115
(88.5%)
108 (92.3%)
       ◊ Bar Required 86 (62.3%) 88 (67.7%) 83 (70.9%)
       ◊ JD Preferred 25 (18.1%) 23 (17.7%) 18 (15.4%)
       ◊ Professional 6 (4.4%) 5 (4.3%)
       ◊ Non - Professional 5 (3.6%) 3 (2.3%) 2 (1.7%)
       ◊ Type Unknown 1 (0.8%) 0
Enrolled in Full-Time Degree Progam 4 (2.9%) 2 (1.5%) 1 (0.9%)
Not Seeking - Start Date Deferred/Unemployed 3* (2.2%) 3** (2.3%) 2***(1.7%)
Seeking - Unemployed 9 (6.5%) 9 (6.9%) 4 (3.4%)

Notes: Long term employment is that with (1) no set end date or (2) a set end date one year or more from the start date. All employment data as of nine months post-graduation (10 months starting with Class of 2014).

*One graduate secured a position prior to the February 15 cut-off date, however the start date for the position fell after February 15. Therefore, according to ABA requirements, the graduate is listed under the "start date deferred" category.

** Two graduates secured full-time, bar required positions prior to the March 15 cut-off date, however the start dates for these positions fell after March 15. Therefore, according to ABA requirements, they were listed under the "start date deferred" category.

*** One graduate secured a position prior to the March 15 cut-off date, however the start date for the position fell after March 15. Therefore, according to ABA requirements, the graduate is listed under the "start date deferred" category.

Employment Breakdown

2013 2014 2015
Number Employed 122 115 108
Private Practice 63 (52%)* 64 (55.7%) 66 (61.1%)
Government 8 (7%) 12 (10.4%) 17 (15.7%)
Judicial Clerkship 7 (6%) 5 (4.3%) 6 (5.6%)
Business 35 (28%) 25 (21.7%) 12 (11.1%)
Public Interest 4 (3%) 6 (5.2%) 5 (4.6%)
Education 5 (4%) 2 (1.7%) 2 (1.9%)

*Percentages in this chart are based on number of students employed (not total number in graduating class).

All employment data as of nine months post-graduation (10 months starting with Class of 2014).

Our alumni do not just practice in Iowa. Drake Law alumni practice in all 50 states and several different countries. Click here to learn more about some of our proud alumni!

Additional Information

      • Drake's overall employment was 36th out of the 204 law schools that reported data to the ABA for the Class of 2015, putting it in the 82nd percentile nationally, with employment numbers almost 8% above the national average.

      • For students in a position that required bar passage or where a J.D. was preferred, Drake was 6th out of 24 schools in the region (includes Iowa and six contiguous states) and above the regional average. In those same two categories, Drake was in the 86th percentile nationally (10% above the national average).

      • Nationwide in 2015, 1,037 graduates were hired by their own law schools; one school hired over 18% of its own graduating class and 11 schools hired 10% or more of their own graduates. If you adjust for employment by law schools, Drake's employment numbers ranked it 17th out of 204 schools nationwide, which is in the 91st percentile and more than 10% above the national average. Regionally, Drake was 3rd out of 24 schools and was above the regional average.

 
Last Modified: 6/15/2016 2:38:00 PM by Jennifer Zwagerman