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Services of the Career Development Office of Drake University Law School are available only to employers whose employment practices are consistent with the below policies. By your participation, you agree that your employment practices do not violate Drake University Law School’s Policies.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Drake’s nondiscrimination policy recognizes that the principles of equal access and equal opportunity require that all interactions within the University be free from invidious discrimination. Drake University therefore prohibits discrimination based upon race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status.

If it is determined that an employer’s practices violate Drake University Law School’s Policies, we will not authorize the use of Drake’s Career Development Office by such employer.

Sexual Harassment Policy

Sexual harassment of students from Drake University Law School under your employment is strictly prohibited. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome advances, requests for sexual favors, or other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct aimed at another because of sex when: submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment; submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for an employment decision affecting an individual; such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or educational performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for work or learning. These definitions are intended to be in accordance with federal and state law.

20 Hour Work Week Rule

The Career Development Office abides by the American Bar Association (ABA) 20 Hour Work Week Rule.  Standard 304(f) of the ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools states: "A student may not engage in employment for more that 20 hours per week in any semester in which student is enrolled in more than 12 class hours."

Reciprocity Policy


The Career Development Office at Drake University Law School provides reciprocal services to law students and alumni of other ABA accredited law schools under the following guidelines:

1. Services are available only to students whose law schools grant reciprocal privileges to students and graduates of Drake University Law School.

2. Reciprocity is granted on a case-by-case basis. Drake Law School reserves the right to deny or terminate reciprocity for any reason. Services may be denied to students/graduates of any school seen to surpass a reasonable number of requests or which limits the number of requests by Drake Law students or graduates or to individuals who misuse the facilities, services or staff.

3. Requests for services must be made in writing by a career counseling official of the requesting law school that the student/graduate attends/attended and must be received and approved at least one week in advance of the visit. The written request should also include a statement of services that the requesting school will provide to our students/alumni. The requesting law school must receive written notification that reciprocity has been granted before the student/graduate enters the office. It will be the responsibility of the requesting school to notify its students or graduates of the grant or denial of reciprocity. No walk-in requests will be honored.

4. Reciprocity visitors are permitted to use the office for three months from the date of approval. Reciprocity allows use of materials in the Career Development Office. Reciprocity students may view hard copies of job listings while in our office and access will be granted to Drake’s password-protected job listings for students from out-of-state law schools but only if the requesting school allows Drake Law students access to their online job database. In-office use of resource materials and handouts in the Career Development Office library is also permitted. Resources are not available to be checked out. (When applying to employment notices listed with Drake Law, applicants are required to indicate in their cover letter that they obtained the information through a reciprocal agreement between the applicant’s law school and Drake University Law School.)

5. Services not available to reciprocity students/graduates include: Counseling services, access to password-protected job databases (unless you qualify under #4 above), including Drake’s and any national databases in which Drake subscribes, access to telephones, faxes, recruitment programs, job fairs, skills workshops and resume/cover letter reviews.

6. Reciprocity services are not available during the fall on-campus interview season, which is from August 1 through November 15 or during any additional recruiting programs. Under no circumstances will students or graduates from other schools be permitted to schedule interviews/appointments with prospective employers visiting Drake University Law School.

7. Drake University Law School reserves the right to alter the terms of this policy without advanced notice.

8. Requests for or questions about reciprocity should be directed to: 

Sara Hughes 
Administrative Assistant
Career Development Office
Drake University Law School
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311-4505
Telephone: (515) 271-2988
Fax: (515) 271-1858

Last Modified: 2/17/2014 10:52:00 AM by Sara Hughes