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Drake Law recognized as Best Value Private Law School once again

Students walk near the Polk County Courthouse, Des Moines
Drake Law was again chosen as a Best Value Private Law School by PreLaw Magazine, a publication produced by The National Jurist. Drake Law was one of only 22 private schools recognized.

The National Jurist looks at a number of academic and financial variables when considering what private law schools make the list, including price of tuition, student debt accumulation, employment success, bar passage rate and cost of living.

Drake’s position on this list comes from the benefit of location and the success of each graduating class. Des Moines stands out as an ideal place to gain experience and mentorship through a legal community that is second to none.

Recently named “#1 Best Place for Business and Careers” as well as “#1 Best Place in U.S. for Young Professionals” by Forbes, the location is also ideal for a personal/professional balance.

Bar passage rates and employment rates also help Drake Law stand out. Graduates rank well with an average bar pass rate of 94% and employment placement 10% above the national average.

“When law school enrollment began to drop a few years ago, some schools began to offer more scholarships,” says Jack Crittenden, editor In chief of The National Jurist. “We are now starting to see the beginning of that impact on debt. Also, employment numbers are improving, even if slightly.” Being able to get through law school without taking on large amounts of debt is a key to getting graduates started on the right foot in their legal career.

“We do everything we can to keep the cost of a Drake Law School education as reasonable as possible, while at the same time offering a tremendous education imbedded with real life opportunities for hands on practical/professional experiences,” says Ben Ullem, dean of the Drake Law School. “Our graduates not only get a great education, employers readily hire them. Knowing what to do and how to do it successfully greatly enhances employment opportunities.”

According to PreLaw Magazine, the best value ranking is designed to recognize the law schools that help graduates successfully pass the bar exam and get a job without taking on a large amount of debt.

Read more about the Best Value Law Schools

Read the full article in the National Jurist
Date Posted: 9/3/2014
Last Modified: 12/18/2014 4:05:00 PM by Ann Van Hemert