Employment Statistics

Facts and Figures

82%—Iowa bar passage rate, which is higher than the state and national average.*

84.3%—Class of 2016 employment rate, comparable to the national average.

80.6%—Percentage of 2016 graduates with positions requiring bar passage or preferring a J.D., compared to 78.6% nationally.

7.4%—Percentage of 2016 graduates who reported they were unemployed and seeking a position, compared to 8.8% nationally.

*First-time takers in July 2016

Employment Data

See also:
2014 ABA Employment Summary

2015 ABA Employment Summary

2016 ABA Employment Summary

  2014 2015 2016
Reporting Rate 99.2% 98.3% 97.2%
Total Students 130 117 108
Employed 115 (88.5%) 108 (92.3%) 91 (84.3%)
   ♦ Bar Required 88 (67.7%) 83 (70.9%) 67 (62.0%)
   ♦ J.D. Preferred 23 (17.7%) 18 (15.4%) 20 (18.5%)
   ♦ Professional 0 5 (4.3%) 2 (1.9%)
   ♦ Non-professional 3 (2.3%) 2 (1.7%) 2 (1.9%)
   ♦ Type Unknown 1 (0.8%) 0 0
Enrolled in Full-time Degree Program 2 (1.5%) 1 (0.9%) 2 (1.9%)
Not Seeking - Start Date Deferred/Unemployed 3 (2.3%)* 2 (1.7%)** 4 (3.8%)
Seeking - Unemployed 9 (6.9%) 4 (3.4%) 8 (7.4%)

All employment data is as of ten months post-graduation.

* 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.

** One graduate secured a position prior to the March 15 cut-off date, however the start date for the position fell after March 15. Therefore, according to ABA requirements, the graduate is listed under the "start date deferred" category. 

Employment Breakdown

  2014 2015 2016
Number Employed    
115 108 91
Private Practice
64 (55.7%) 66 (61.1%) 53 (58.2%)
Government 12 (10.4%) 17 (15.7%) 11 (12.1%)
Judicial Clerkship 5 (4.3%) 6 (5.6%) 3 (3.3%)
Business 25 (21.7%) 12 (11.1%) 20 (22.0%)
Public Interest 6 (5.2%) 5 (4.6%) 3 (3.3%)
Education 2 (1.7%) 2 (1.9%) 1 (1.1%)

Percentages in the above chart are based on number of students employed, not total number of graduates.

Geographic Distribution of Graduates

Region                     States 2013 2014 2015
W. North Central IA, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, SD 83.6% 81.6% 85.1%
E. North Central IL, IN, MI, OH, WI 2.5% 7% 6.5%
Mountain AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY 4.9% 4.4% 3.7%
South Atlantic DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV 2.5% 1.8% 0.9%
Mid-Atlantic NY, NJ, PA 0.8% 0% 0%
Pacific AK, CA, HI, OR, WA 0.8% 0.9% 1.9%
E. South Central KY, MS, TN, AL 0.8% 0% 0%
W. South Central TX, AR, LA, OK 2.5% 2.6% 1.9%
New England CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT 0% 0.9% 0%
International Worldwide 1.6% 0.9% 0%
Total   100% 100% 100%

Percentages in the above chart are of total students employed, not total number of graduates.

Additional Information

  • Drake's overall employment was 36th out of the 204 law schools that reported data to the ABA for the Class of 2015, placing it in the 82nd percentile nationally, with employment numbers almost 8 percentage points above the national average.
  • For students in a position that required bar passage or where a J.D. was preferred, Drake was 6th out of 24 schools in the region (includes Iowa and six contiguous states) and above the regional average. In those same two categories, Drake was in the 86th percentile nationally (10 percent above the national average).
  • Nationwide in 2015, 1,037 graduates were hired by their own law schools. When adjusted for employment by law schools, Drake's employment numbers ranked 17th out of 204 schools nationwide, which is in the 91st percentile and more than 10 percent above the national average. Regionally, Drake was 3rd out of 24 schools.

Questions? Contact the Drake Law School Career Development Office at 515-271-2988 or law-career@drake.edu.

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