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Facts and Figures

July 2014 Iowa Bar Passage Rate (first-time takers) = 84% (higher than the state and national average)

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

      • 88.4% of Drake’s Class of 2014 was employed nine months after graduation, compared to 84.6% nationally. 
 
      • 85.4% of Drake’s Class of 2014 had positions requiring bar passage or where a J.D. was preferred, compared to 78.6% nationally.  

      • Only 6.9% of Drake’s Class of 2014 reported they were unemployed and seeking a position 10 months post-graduation, compared to 9.8% nationally.

Employment Data

ABA Employment Summary: 2012, 2013 and 2014.
 
2012    2013  2014
Reporting Rate 100% 100% 99.2%
Total Students 139 138 130
Employed 125 (90%) 122
(88.4%)
115 (88.5%)
       ◊ Bar Required 86 (62%) 86 (62.3%) 88 (67.7%)
       ◊ JD Preferred 31 (22%) 25 (18.1%) 23 (17.7%)
       ◊ Professional 7 (5%) 6 (4.4%) 0 
       ◊ Non - Professional 1 (1%) 5 (3.6%) 3 (2.3%)
       ◊ Type Unknown 0 1 (0.8%)
Enrolled in Full-Time Degree Progam 1 (1%) 4 (2.9%) 2 (1.5%)
Not Seeking - Start Date Deferred/Unemployed 5* (3%) 3** (2.2%) 3***(2.3%)
Seeking - Unemployed 8 (6%) 9 (6.5%) 9 (6.9%)

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).

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

** One graduate secured a position prior to the Feb. 15 cut-off date, however the start date for the position fell after Febr. 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.

Employment Breakdown

2012 2013 2014
Number Employed 125 122 115
Private Practice 56 (45%)* 63 (52%) 64 (55.7%)
Government 16 (13%) 8 (7%) 12 (10.4%)
Judicial Clerkship 10 (8%) 7 (6%) 5 (4.3%)
Business 33 (26%) 35 (28%) 25 (21.7%)
Public Interest 8 (6%) 4 (3%) 6 (5.2%)
Academic 2 (2%) 5 (4%) 2 (1.7%)

*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 was 74th out of the 203 law schools that reported data to the ABA for the Class of 2014, putting it in the 63rd percentile nationally, with employment numbers almost 4% above the national average.

      • For students in a position that required bar passage or where a J.D. was preferred, Drake was 10th 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 70th percentile nationally (almost 7% above the national average).

      • Nationwide in 2014, 1,583 grads were hired by their own law schools; one school hired over 21% of its own graduating class and 10 schools hired more than 10%. If you adjust for employment by law schools, Drake's employment numbers ranked it 44th out of 203 schools nationwide, which is in the 78th percentile and 7.4% above the national average. Regionally, Drake was 11th out of 24 schools and was above the regional average.

 
Last Modified: 12/9/2015 2:30:00 PM by Kayla Choate