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Our Time is Now

distinctlyDrake Scholarship Campaign
Dwight Opperman, speaking to the crowd at the 1993 dedication of Opperman Hall and Law Library, recalled Drake Law School’s role in his personal path—from a childhood in Perry, Iowa, to a career leading West Publishing Company. His gifts to the University— the scholarships, the professorships, and the new building—recognized, he explained, the transformational opportunities he received as a student. It was time to thank the Law School for those opportunities, he said, assuring the assembled graduates and friends of the Law School, “Your time will come.”

With Dwight’s passing in June 2013, the Dean and the Law School’s Board of Counselors are leading a renewed campaign to extend opportunities to the next generation of Drake Law students. This campaign to raise scholarship endowments starts with a simple declaration: Our time is now.

Our time is now to sustain the tradition of opportunity at Drake Law—the opportunity to study with professors who are skilled lawyers and excellent classroom teachers, the opportunity for experience-based learning (including clerkships with leading firms and judges and extensive clinics and internships), which offers our students a practice-oriented education.

distinctlyDrake Scholarship Campaign
Our time is now to assure access to this exceptional legal education for each generation of students. This year Drake Law was ranked in the top 10 for being a “best value” among private law schools. Every year the Law School awards more than $4 million in scholarships; 60 percent of our students receive some type of scholarship assistance. But we cannot rest on our success; we are challenged to build our scholarship resources.

Our time is now to create scholarships that make it possible for many different students to attend law school—students who because of family or career obligations would otherwise have been precluded from the opportunity for a legal career. Recruitment of non-traditional students and a conditional admissions program give opportunities to individuals outside a narrow definition of who should go to law school.

distinctlyDrake Scholarship Campaign
Our time is now to secure the powerful outcomes that scholarships drive. Scholarships allow some students to prepare for careers of public service. These opportunities enable some graduates to return home, to practice in rural or other traditionally underserved communities. They empower graduates to choose the direction and timing of their professional and personal lives.

This is what the Our Time Is Now campaign is all about.

Graduates who benefited from scholarships and other opportunities can now provide the same type of scholarships and opportunities for future generations of Drake Law students. Our record of transformational opportunity will be sustained with the generosity of our friends and graduates.

Our time is now

Scholarship Giving Opportunities

There are many ways to give—cash, securities, bequests, and planned giving vehicles—and many opportunities to support.

Law School General Scholarship Endowment
    Gifts to the General Scholarship Endowment will be invested in the University’s restricted endowment. The earnings generated each year support scholarships, while the principal remains invested in the endowment in perpetuity.
Law School Annual Fund Scholarships
    Gifts to scholarships within the Law School Annual Fund will be used as current gift scholarships. All gifts will be spent in their entirety in the form of scholarships within the current fiscal year.
Recognition Scholarships Gifts may recognize specific individuals or groups.
Existing scholarships have been established to honor:
    • The Honorable Ruth Klotz
    • Leland S. Forrest
    • Former Professor Larry Pope
    • Class of 1982
    • Former Professor and Associate Dean Ed (and Cora) Hayes
    • Former Dean David (and Sara) Walker
    • 19th-Century Iowa Pioneer Jurist Judge James Grant
Naming Opportunities
    • Endowed scholarships ($25,000 or more)
    • Current use scholarships

Learn More

Contact Drake University Law School at 515-271-1877 or Nicole McAllister, Major Gift Officer, at 515-271-1877 or, to discuss the possibilities.
    We invite you to give to distinctlyDrake to join in the fulfillment of our vision of legal education.

    Make a gift online

    To send a gift by mail, please direct correspondence to:
    Drake University Law School
    Office of Alumni and Development
    2507 University Ave.
    Des Moines, IA 50311-4505

    If you would like to discuss your gift with a Drake Law School representative, please contact:

    Jerry Anderson, Dean

    Last Modified: 6/30/2016 4:36:00 PM by Kayla Choate