Journalism (with major) / Law Degree 3+3

A solid liberal arts education, including a bachelor’s degree in journalism, provides exceptional preparation for law school. If you have an eye toward legal practice — especially in the fields of media law, private practice, First Amendment law, or nonprofit law — you may find that the Journalism/Law 3+3 Program is for you.

At Drake, our Journalism/Law 3+3 Program allows dedicated and talented students to earn a bachelor’s degree and law degree in six years, instead of seven. Participants can complete virtually all School of Journalism and Mass Communication major requirements in the first three years. If accepted into Drake University Law School, they finish the requirements for their undergraduate degree during the first year of law school.

Studying at Drake and Drake Law School

A journalism degree from Drake University lays an ideal foundation for the study and practice of law. Our students learn to speak clearly and effectively, think analytically and critically, and read widely and well, all of which will be crucial in your future legal career.

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, intellectual property, 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

Aspiring 3+3 Program participants may apply during their first semester on campus. They’ll apply to Drake Law School in fall of their third year. Participation in the 3+3 Program does not guarantee admission to law school. 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.


Journalism faculty members are experienced professionals in print, broadcast and digital media. The Drake Law School faculty includes experts in several fields of law, distinguished scholars and outstanding teachers.

Internship Opportunities

Common internships locations for students pursuing the Journalism/Law 3+3 program include:

  • American Judicature Society at Drake University
  • Drake Legal clinic
  • Private law practices
  • Student Press Law Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Iowa State legislature

Additional Learning Opportunities

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

  • 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 team has a long record of success and often advances to the final rounds of the National Moot Court Competition in New York City.
  • In addition, undergraduate students have the opportunity to work with several student media organizations including The Times-Delphic, Drake's campus newspaper, and Drake Magazine, a twice-yearly publication. These publications have won numerous awards. Students also can work for the Drake Broadcasting System or join Drake's chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists, Ad Pros and Public Relations Student Society of America.


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