Scholarships

Drake Law School awards more than $4 million annually in scholarship assistance.

Scholarships are only offered to full-time students enrolled in the J.D. program. Most scholarships are renewable for all three years based on academic achievement.

Dwight D. Opperman Scholarships

The Opperman Scholar Program was endowed by a gift from Dwight D. Opperman, LW'51, and provides up to five full-tuition scholarships for outstanding entering students each year. In addition, the program provides an annual stipend in the amount of $10,000.

Learn more about the Opperman Scholar Program.

AMTA Mock Trial and ACMA Moot Court Scholarships

Students designated as All-American Attorneys or All-American Mediators at any of the American Mock Trial Association national tournaments or as All-American Attorneys at the American Collegiate Moot Court Association national tournament who are admitted to and enrolled full-time at Drake Law School will receive a minimum scholarship in the amount of $6,000.

These scholarship awards are renewable for the second and third year of law school provided the student meets the academic renewal requirements.

Opportunity Scholarships

The Law School awards scholarships each year to entering students who are from educationally, economically, or socially disadvantaged backgrounds, or who demonstrate that their enrollment will significantly contribute to the diversity of the student body. In addition, the applicant must show financial need.

Opportunity Scholarships range from 1/4 to full-tuition awards. Each award is renewable for the second and third years of law school provided the student is enrolled full-time.

Students may submit applications based on either disadvantage or diversity or both.

Law Opportunity Scholarship-Disadvantaged Form
Law Opportunity Scholarship-Diversity Form

Public Service Scholarships

Drake offers two full-tuition Public Service Scholarships each year to entering students who exhibit an extraordinary history of public service work and plan to continue that commitment during and after law school. In addition, at the conclusion of the 1L year, up to two additional Drake Law students will be awarded a Public Service Scholarship award equal to three-quarters tuition (renewable for the third year).

Public Service Scholars will be included in a program of activities designed to encourage them to explore the wide variety of public service career opportunities.

Learn more about the Public Service Scholarship Program.

Joseph H. Morris Scholarship

The Joseph H. Memorial Fund was established in 1976 to assist financially needy students with disabilities. Each year, this fund provides scholarships that Drake Law students can use for tuition and room and board charges. Consideration is also given for books and supplies, tutoring, social equipment, and other items if the applicant's account is paid in full.

The number and amount of awards given will vary each year, depending upon the earnings of the fund. Morris Scholarships are only available to students with documented disabilities or to fund capital equipment of facility projects used directly by students with disabilities. Eligible students must be certified by the University's Coordinator of Student Disability Services.

Joseph H. Morris Scholarship Form

General Law School Scholarships

The Law School's general scholarship awards are based on a student's undergraduate academic performance and LSAT score. The size of the general scholarship awards varies from year to year, but traditionally awards have ranged from 15 percent to 80 percent of tuition.

These one-year scholarships are renewable if the student meets the required academic renewal standards. All admitted students are automatically considered for general scholarship awards.

General Law School Scholarships Form

In additional to a variety of other scholarships, Drake Law School also offers a number of general law school scholarships that are awarded for the entire first year. These scholarships are eligible for full or partial renewal in the second and/or third year based on the student's cumulative grade point average.

Recognizing these indicators of success are not perfect, Drake Law School also provides scholarship assistance to returning students who outperform these predictors. Students who do not receive a scholarship in the first year will earn scholarship funding for the second and/or third year if they meet specified GPA requirements after the fall semester(s).

Drake Law School also offers a number of unconditional scholarships each year to entering students. These scholarships are awarded in amounts up to full tuition and are renewed for all three years of law school provided the student enrolls full-time.

Merit-Based Endowed Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to entering and returning students. Financial need is not a factor in determining these awards.

Lex and Scott Hawkins Endowed Scholarship
Lex Hawkins, LW'51, and Scott Hawkins, LW'81, established this scholarship to be awarded to the president of the Law School's Moot Court Board.

Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives – Electric Cooperative Pioneer Trust Fund Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a second- or third-year law student interested in agricultural law, with a preference given to students planning to practice in Iowa.

James P. Irish Scholarship
Established by Edwin Skinner and Donald Beattie in honor of their associate and law partner, James P. Irish, LW'31, this scholarship is awarded to law students from Southeast Polk High School or to members of the Drake Law Review board of editors.

James L. Perkins Scholarship
Established by James L. Perkins, LA'53, LW'54, this award is presented to a worthy student who has been selected for the Drake Law Review.

Henry G. and Norma A. Peterson Trust Scholarship
A gift from the Henry G. and Norma A. Peterson Charitable Trust, this scholarship is awarded annually to the six members of the national moot court teams.

Endowed Scholarships (A-K)

These scholarships are awarded to entering and returning students based upon academic merit and financial need and/or other guidelines as established by the donors. Unless otherwise noted, the FAFSA is required and constitutes application for scholarships.

Gifts and allocations to and income earned from the Law School Endowment Trust Scholarship Fund support the scholarships. These scholarships help support the general law school scholarship fund.

Clyde W. Amme Scholarship
This scholarship was established through a gift of Clyde W. Amme and will be given to a student in good academic standing of Drake Law School.

William Stone Ayres Scholarship
This scholarship was established by a bequest from Gladys L. Ayres in memory of her husband, an 1894 Law School graduate.

Elizabeth Hyde Brown Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Elizabeth Hyde Brown in memory of her aunt, Elizabeth Hyde, formerly a Des Moines attorney.

James E. Cooney Scholarship
This award was established by the Iowa Limestone Company in memory of James E. Cooney.

Beverly Estate Scholarship
These awards are made possible by bequests from Francis Cecile Beverly, LW'15, and Adda Brown Beverly, ED'14.

George and Mary Brammer Scholarship
Mary and John Harper established this scholarship as a memorial to Mary's parents, who were 1907 and 1908 graduates of the Law School.

David L. Brown Scholarship
David L. Brown, LW'75, established this scholarship to provide financial assistance to promising students enrolled in the study of advocacy at the Law School who have demonstrated strong levels of achievement and financial need.

Margaret L. Coskery Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Mary Coffey in memory of her life long companion, Margaret L. Coskery, LW'23.

Donald F. Craib III Scholarship
Established by Mr. Craib, this scholarship is awarded to a student with financial need and a passion for international law who participates in Drake's Summer in France program.

Raymond DiPaglia Endowment Scholarship
Mr. DiPaglia, LW'91, has established an endowment that provides a scholarship to a returning law student who is in good standing at the Law School.

Grace O. Doane Scholarship
This scholarship is for a second-year Iowa resident who ranks in the top one-half of his or her class. The award may be renewed.

Joseph M. Dorgan Scholarship
Joseph M. Dorgan left his estate to support this scholarship for African-American law students.

Drake Law School 2nd Century Law Scholarship
This endowed scholarship is made possible by the generous gifts of Drake Law School alumni and friends. 

Randolph M. "Matt" Duncan Scholarship
Established by H. Randy Duncan Jr. and Paula M. Duncan in memory of their son, Randolph M. "Matt" Duncan, this scholarship is awarded to an entering first-year law student from an educationally, economically, or socially disadvantaged background, or who demonstrates that his or her enrollment will significantly contribute to the diversity of the student body.  

Robert E. Early Memorial Scholarship
Provided by Margaret M. Early in memory of her husband, a 1941 graduate of the Law School, this scholarship is awarded to the second- or third-year full-time student determined to be in most need of financial assistance.

Herman E. Elgar Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship for third-year students was established in memory of Mr. Elgar, LW'11, by his wife, Clara Elgar, and children, John Elgar, LW'50, Alanson Elgar, LW'51, and Elizabeth Elgar Anderson, ED'41.

D.J. Fairgrave Education Trust
This trust, established by Denio John Fairgrave, awards a scholarship to a student on the basis of financial need, character, academic record, personal achievements, future goals, and anticipated contributions to the profession.

Leland Stanford Forrest Scholarship
This scholarship was established through the bequest of Leland Stanford Forrest, former dean of the Law School. The recipient is selected from among entering students who are graduates of Iowa high schools or colleges.

Edward and Cora Hayes Scholarship
The former associate dean and his wife established this scholarship to assist law students who are not graduates of Iowa high schools or colleges.

Annamae Heaps Law Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a second-year student who demonstrates financial need.

John M. Helmick Law Scholarship
Given by Robert H. Helmick, LW'60, in memory of his grandfather, John Miller Helmick, this scholarship helps students of Iowa backgrounds who plan to enter the legal or educational professions in Iowa.

Fran and Jon Hoak Scholarship
This endowed scholarship will be awarded to students from the state of Iowa.

Susan Wright Holmberg Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Susan Wright Holmberg in memory of her father, Ira L. Wright, LW'16, and in honor of her brother, Thomas N. Wright, LW'48. 

Iowa Workers' Compensation Advisory Committee, Inc. Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by the Iowa Workers' Compensation Advisory Committee, Inc. The award will be given with preference to students who will have taken a Workers' Compensation course prior to applying for the scholarship and will help fund academic internship hours.

Wayne L. Kern Endowed Law School Scholarship
Established by Wayne L. Kern, this scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled in "good standing" at Drake Law School and who is in need of financial assistance.

Forest A. King Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Mr. King, LW'25, by his wife, Nonnie.

Martin Luther King Law Scholarship
Established by Naomi Mercer, LW'68, this scholarship is awarded to a female African-American law student who embodies the spirit and values of Martin Luther King and who has demonstrated financial need.

Darwin Kinney Scholarship
This scholarship, established by Darwin C. Kinney, will be awarded to a student not in the upper-third of his or her class, but who has successfully completed at least the first year of law school. 

David and Elizabeth Kruidenier Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by an endowment established by David and Elizabeth Kruidenier, LW'73, to provide assistance to outstanding entering law students.

Endowed Scholarships (L-Z)

LaMarca and Landry, P.C. Health Law Scholarship
This endowed scholarship is funded by the gifts of George A. LaMarca, LW'70, and Gregory W. Landry, LW'83.

Law Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is made possible by the contributions of Drake Law School alumni and friends.

Verne Lawyer Scholarship
Established in 1992 by an anonymous donor, this scholarship honors D. Verne Lawyer, a 1949 graduate of the Law School.

Frederick D. Lewis Jr. Scholarships
This scholarship fund was established by Patrick D. Kelly, LW'53, in memory of Frederick D. Lewis Jr., a professor at Drake Law School from 1949 to 1959.

Russell E. Lovell, II Public Service Scholarship
This endowed scholarship is made possible by collective giving in honor of Russell E. Lovell II and will be awarded based on the student's public service scholarship application.

Gordon and Delores Madson Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Gordon Madson, LW'57, and his wife, Delores.

Jake S. More Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Jake S. More, LW'28.

E. B. Mountain Scholarship Fund
This endowed scholarship was funded by a gift from Maple and Elmer Mountain and will be awarded to a qualified student demonstrating financial need.

Colleen O'Brien Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Bernice A. Koethe in memory of her niece, Colleen F. O'Brien, and will be awarded to a female law student. 

Fred Ontjes Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Fred A. Ontjes in thanks for the scholarship given to him for his first year at Drake Law School.

Virginia Piper Charitable Trust Scholarship
This scholarship was established by a grant received from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

Pressman Family Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship was established by a gift received from the Pressman Family Foundation and is awarded to an entering first-year law student that is a resident of and/or graduated from college in Colorado. The recipient must also demonstrate strong academic merit and financial need.

Larry Pope Scholarship
This scholarship was established by collective giving in honor and memory of Drake Law School professor Lawrence E. Pope, LA'66, LW'67, for students with an interest in legislative law.

Gene D. Reifsnider Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Gene Reifsnider, LW'51, for students who are on the Drake Law Review staff.

Janet Reynoldson Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the family of Janet Reynoldson, LW'65. Selection is based on a student's contributions to community and family, academic achievement, need, and significant change in career.

Root Law Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Richard Morton and Ruth Bailey Root Charitable Trust.

Walter and Rita Selvy Scholarship
Walter, LW'28, and his late wife, Rita Selvy, established this scholarship, which is awarded under the direction of the president of Drake University.

Daniel Walker Smith Drake Law Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by the gift of Daniel Walker Smith, LW'55.  Preference will be given to those deserving students demonstrating financial need and having been raised in central Iowa.

Charles "Buck" and Dora Taylor Scholarship
Established in honor of Charles Taylor, LW'33, this scholarship is given to a student with financial need who has demonstrated a history of academic success while participating in sports at the undergraduate school level. To be considered for this scholarship, denote the following information in an addendum to your application for admission: Year(s), Sport, Position, Commitment (hours/year), Awards/Accomplishments.

Max R., Jr. and Grace M. Teske Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Max R. Jr., LW'54, and Grace M. Teske and will be awarded to an applicant or enrolled Law School student demonstrating financial need with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

J. Frederick Thomsen Scholarship
This endowed scholarship, established by Martha Thomsen Wesley, is in memory of her father, J. Frederick Thomsen, LW’65. Preference will be given to deserving students demonstrating financial need and an interest in patent law.

David and Sara Walker Scholarship
This scholarship was established in honor of law professor and two-term dean of Drake Law School David S. Walker and his wife, Sara Walker, LW'83. This award is for a third-year law student of strong character with a solid academic record who has demonstrated leadership, a commitment to public service, and a positive attitude toward others.

Linda S. Weindruch Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Linda S. Weindruch, LW'83. Preference will be given to students with strong academic performance and high ethical standards who intend to practice tax or administrative law in the state of Iowa.

Haemer Wheatcraft Scholarship
This scholarship was established by friends and associates in honor of Haemer Wheatcraft, LW'33.

Paul Williams Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Paul Williams and is awarded to a student exhibiting strong academic credentials.

William Wimer Endowed Law School Scholarship
This award is funded by a generous gift from Dr. Carey Wimer and will be awarded to a student enrolled in "good standing" and who demonstrates financial need.

Zarley, McKee, Thomte, Voorhees, Sease Law Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Donald H. Zarley, LW'54, Bruce W. McKee, Dennis L. Thomte, Michael G. Voorhees, LW'68, Edmund J. Sease, LW'67, and John Beehner. This award is designated primarily for students who are interested in intellectual property law.

Zerger & Mauer Scholarship
This endowed scholarship is funded by the gifts of Zerger & Mauer LLP.

Returning Student Scholarships

ARAG Chad Hensley Diversity Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by Legal Insurer ARAG and provides a $2,500 award to a third-year student in good academic standing who contributes to the diversity of the Law School (including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, and gender) or has overcome economic, educational, or other significant disadvantages.

Qualified candidates will also have a personal commitment to protecting legal rights and a demonstrated record of community involvement.

D.J. Fairgrave Education Trust
The D.J. Fairgrave Education Trust provides annual scholarships to second- and third-year law students. The trustees select scholarship recipients based upon financial need, character, academic record, personal achievements, future goals, and anticipated contributions to the profession.

Linda S. Weindruch Scholarship by the Iowa Taxpayers Association
The Linda S. Weindruch Scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship awarded through the generosity of the Iowa Taxpayers Association. The scholarship provides financial support to a current third-year Drake Law School student who has demonstrated commitment to the principles of fair business taxation and achieved recognition through the attributes that epitomize Linda S. Weindruch: advocacy, leadership, fairness, and a strong moral compass.

The scholarship is awarded by Drake Law School's Office of Admission and Financial Aid based on student applications. In addition to the attributes listed above, the law student who receives the award must be in good standing academically.

In addition to the scholarship, the recipient will be recognized at the annual meeting of the Iowa Taxpayers Association in December and will be honored on a plaque in the Law School.

Linda S. Weindruch Scholarship Information
Linda S. Weindruch Scholarship Form

National Scholarship Programs

Students may find additional opportunities for scholarships offered by the following non-Drake, outside organizations.

About Law Schools: General Scholarship Database
American Association for Justice Scholarships
American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund ($5,000)
American Bar Association Writing Competitions and Law School Contests
American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation Scholarships ($10,000 and $5,000)
Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity Scholarship ($2,000)
Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship ($5,000)
DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship ($10,000)

Earl Warren Scholarship
Empowering Women in Law Scholarship ($2,000)
Federal Circuit Bar Association Scholarships
Hispanic National Bar Foundation Scholarships
Injury Lawyers News Annual Disability Scholarship ($1,000)
James B. Morris Scholarship Fund
Jan Egerton and Don Smitley Mesothelioma Scholarship ($10,000 for eight recipients)
Mark T. Banner Scholarship ($5,000)
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund Scholarships ($1,000-$5,000)
Serbian Bar Association of America Scholarship Fund
Trowbridge Merit Scholarship ($500-$1,000)

Law students are also encouraged to pursue scholarship websites such as fastweb.com, fastaid.com, and scholarships.com for additional scholarship opportunities.

Drake ROTC Program

After graduation and passage of the bar, law students can serve in the National Guard or Army Reserve, where they are able to pursue a civilian legal career and serve the United States at the same time—one weekend a month.

All scholarships provide:

  • 100% tuition and fees paid
  • Books: $1,200 per year ($600/semester)
  • Monthly tax-free stipend during the school year ($300-$500/month)

Learn more about the Drake ROTC Program.


For information about Drake Law School's scholarship retention, see the Law School's ABA Required Disclosures.

Questions? Contact the Office of Admission and Financial Aid at 515-271-2782 or law-admit@drake.edu.

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Peter Coniglio, LW’78, recently completed a detail as an associate counsel to President Donald J. Trump, during which time he helped review candidates for federal government posts and prepared them for nomination hearings before they were considered for U.S. Senate approval.
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