The Career Development Office
at Drake Law School understands that career paths are constantly changing and that career development is an ongoing, lifelong process.
Drake Law provides you the opportunity to obtain a solid legal education with a focus on practical skills, while also obtaining the experience, support, and mentorship to launch your career. The Career Development Office works with students and alumni throughout school and beyond, providing support for both the traditional and alternative legal employment markets.
As a law student, the captial city of Des Moines provides unique opportunities. There are many ways to explore your interests, including legislative and policy internships, public service, judicial externships, law firm clerkships, and internships with private industry. Des Moines is also being recognized across the nation. The city was recently ranked a Top 40 City in Buying Power for New Lawyers
by the National Association of Law Placement. Forbes
named Des Moines the Best Place for Business and Careers
in August 2013, the second time this decade
. Most recently, Forbes
named Des Moines the #1 City for Young Professionals
in August 2014.
Iowa has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam
(starting with the February 2016 exam), making it easier than ever to launch your career across the country. The UBE allows you to take the bar exam in Iowa, and then use your score in any of the other UBE jurisdictions. With the potential to be licensed in several different states (subject to individual requirements and regulations), you can become more marketable and mobile. The CDO will work with you to determine the best jurisdiction to sit for the bar, as well as provide assistance with networking and job opportunities throughout the country.
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!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
• 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 ten months post-graduation, compared to 9.8% nationally.
Drake was 74th out of the 203 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 position required bar passage or where a J.D. was preferred, Drake was 10th out of 24 schools in the region (the twenty-four law schools in Iowa and the 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 ten schools hired more than 10%. If you adjust for employment by law schools, nationally Drake's employment numbers ranked it 44th out of 203 schools, the 78th percentile and 7.4% above the national average. Regionally, Drake was 11th out of 24 schools and almost 1.1% better than the regional average. If you look at positions that require bar passage or where a J.D. is preferred, Drake was 36th of the 203 schools nationally (10.3% above national average), and 8th of the 24 regional schools (almost 3% above regional average) when you remove positions funded by schools from consideration.
(A link to the ABA report for each class can be found at the bottom of the page.)
| ◊ Bar Required
| ◊ JD Preferred
| ◊ Professional
| ◊ Non - Professional
| ◊ Type Unknown
|Enrolled in Full Time Degree Progam
|Not Seeking - Start Date Deferred/Unemployed
|Seeking - Unemployed
* 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 9 months post-graduation (10 months starting with Class of 2014).
*** Two graduates secured positions prior to the February 15 cut-off date, however the start dates for these positions fell after February 15. Therefore, according to ABA requirements, they were listed under the "start date deferred" category.
**** 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.
for a breakdown of employment status.
ABA Employment Summary: 2012