Costs & Financial Aid

With tuition and debt levels well below the national average for private institutions, Drake Law School has been named a Best Value Private Law School by PreLaw Magazine.

Drake Law School provides a legal education that is not only exceptional, but affordable. Our students graduate with 14 percent less debt than the national average for private law school graduates.

We also award more than $4 million in scholarships annually. More than 60 percent of Drake Law students receive scholarships, and more than 90 percent receive government-funded loans.

2016-17 Costs

J.D. Program

 Annual Tuition and Fees:

Tuition:     $39,530*    
Fees: $112
Total: $39,642

*$1,363 per credit hour for less than full-time.

(Tuition cost per semester: $19,765)

Estimated J.D. student budget:

Tuition: $39,530
Fees: $112
Living Expenses (estimate): $17,980
Books (estimate): $1,500
Loan Fee (estimate): $1,530
Total: $60,652

M.J. Program

Cost per credit hour for the M.J. program is $850.

Loans are available for students who enroll in 5 credits or more per semester.

LL.M. Program

Cost per credit hour for the LL.M. program is $1,363.

Loans are available for students who enroll in 5 credits or more per semester.

Financial Aid

The financial assistance program at Drake is intended to provide you with the resources to finance your legal education completely.

Students wishing to borrow loans must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at and request the analysis be sent to Drake University (School Code: 001860). The FAFSA can be filed as early as Oct. 1 but financial aid packages will not be available until early February. Loan eligibility will be determined after the FAFSA analysis is received at Drake.

Refund Policy

In the event that a student withdrawals or is dropped from enrollment due to non-payment, the student will receive a refund of tuition based on the University's refund schedule.

Learn more about Drake University's Drop, Withdrawal, and Refund Policy.

Additional Resources

Drake Law School Loan Information
Drake Law School Scholarships
FAFSA Website
Federal PIN Registration
Financial Aid Calculators
Income Based Repayment
Income-Driven Repayment Plans for Federal Student Loans
Mapping Your Future
Student Financial Aid
Student Guide to Federal Aid

Questions? Contact the Office of Admission and Financial Aid at 515-271-2782 or

Law School News
October 20, 2016
The Drake Law Public Service Scholars are hosting the 23rd annual Halloween Hoops on Thursday, Oct. 27. The event is free and open to all Des Moines area children ages 3-11.