Business (with major) / Law Degree 3+3

You’re an ambitious and hard-working student — no stranger to academic rigor. And you have an eye toward law school after your undergraduate career.

At Drake, we have a program that can have you practicing law within six years, instead of seven. With the Business/Law 3+3 program, learners can earn virtually all College of Business and Public Administration major requirements in the first three years. If accepted into Drake University Law School, you’ll finish the requirements for your undergraduate year during the first year of law school. 

Business and law degree recipients from Drake University and Drake Law School are exceptionally well prepared for careers in corporate law, state government, private legal practice or any number of career tracks.

Studying at Drake and Drake Law School

An undergraduate major at Drake lays an ideal foundation for the study and practice of law. Our students develop the ability to think analytically and critically, read widely and well, and communicate effectively, all of which will be crucial in your future legal career. 

All of our business majors are required to take at least one course in business law, with an option to take more. You can also earn a concentration in business law, strengthening your preparation and credentials for law school. 

Drake Law School has proven connections to the bench and bar. The law school is one of four federally endowed law schools in constitutional law and also specializes in agriculture and food law, legislative practice and children’s rights. Alumni pursue private practice and public service: better-known law alumni include Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver. As of fall 2011, four of seven members of the Iowa Supreme Court either taught at or graduated from Drake Law School.

The law school’sFirst-Year Trial Practicum, the only one of its kind in the nation, puts students in the courtroom during their first year. Students attend an actual state or federal court jury trial and participate in question and answer sessions with the judge, attorneys and members of the jury.

Participating in the 3+3 Program

If you’re interested in the 3+3 Program, you’ll be encouraged to apply during your first semester on campus. You’ll apply to Drake Law School in fall of your third year. Participation in the 3+3 Program does not guarantee admission to law school — but the business school has seen nearly 100% acceptance rate into Drake Law School for students who follow the 3+3 Program all the way through their undergraduate career

Students who choose not to complete the program, or who are not admitted to law school, continue studying to earn their bachelor’s degree in four years.

Expert faculty

Drake’s business faculty members are experienced professionals and leading academics, several of whom hold law degrees and have practiced law. The Drake Law School faculty include experts in several fields of law, distinguished scholars and outstanding teachers.

Internship opportunities

Des Moines, Iowa’s capital and largest city, provides an ideal location for both business and legal/political internships. As a student at Drake, you’ll have the freedom to pursue one or more internships — and your future career — in areas like corporate law, private practice or state government. Des Moines is home to several major insurance, health care, banking and real estate companies, offering a wide range of opportunities to develop your business skills.

Common internships locations for Drake students considering law school include:

  • American Judicature Society at Drake University
  • Drake Legal clinic
  • Private law practices
  • Law departments within corporate businesses          
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Iowa State legislature 

Additional learning opportunities

Drake students considering law school are encouraged to take advantage of several learning opportunities offered by the Drake Law School:

  • The Dwight D. Opperman Lecture in Constitutional Law brings U.S. Supreme Court justices and other nationally prominent speakers to campus each year to discuss significant constitutional issues.
  • The Constitutional Law Center, one of four such centers in the nation to be endowed by Congress, is a valuable resource for students, scholars and legal professionals. Drake’s center sponsors an annual national symposium that explores constitutional issues, community law forums and the Constitutional Law Speaker Series.
  • Intercollegiate Mock Trial teaches undergraduate students about the legal process as they develop important critical thinking and public speaking skills. A student-led team in 2011 advanced to the final round of the American Mock Trial Association national championships, which were held at Drake Law School. The Law School hosts the annual National Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament, which attracts teams from more than 100 colleges and universities.
  • Drake Law School’s National Moot Court Teamhas advanced to the Final Rounds of the National Moot Court Competition in New York City in16 of the last20 years.

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