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The Career Development Office at Drake Law School understands that career paths are constantly changing and that career development is an ongoing, lifelong process.

The Career Development Office not only works with students and alumni to see their careers launched at graduation, it also assists them through the changing landscapes of career moves, promotions, judicial appointments and service in public office, as well as opportunities outside the legal profession.  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.

Des Moines, as the capital city, provides unique opportunities for law students.  Legislative and policy internships, public service, judicial externships, law firm clerkships and internships with private industry, there are many ways to explore your interests.  The city is also being recognized in other ways across the nation, as it 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.  In March 2013, the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey indicated that the Des Moines-West Des Moines area had the third-best outlook in the nation among survey participants.  Most recently, Forbes again recognized Des Moines, naming it the #1 City for Young Professionals in August 2014. 

Our alumni do not just practice in Iowa.  Drake Law alumni practice in all 50 states and several foreign 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 
        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 nine 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 preffered, 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.

Employment Data**
(a link to the ABA report for each class can be found at the bottom of the page)
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%)
       ◊ 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%)

*     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.

Click here for a breakdown of employment status.

ABA Employment Summary: 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Last Modified: 12/14/2010 4:30:00 PM by SYSTEM