Business (with major) / Law Degree 3+3

Business (with major) / Law Degree 3+3

Drake Law School 3+3 Program Website

You are 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. Through Drake’s Business/Law 3+3 program, students are generally able to complete both an undergraduate degree in Accounting, Business Law, Business Studies, Economics, International Business, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing, or Management and Organizational Leadership from Drake’s Zimpleman College of Business and a Juris Doctorate from Drake University Law School in only six years. Students in the 3 + 3 program will complete all major requirements during the first three years and, if accepted into Drake University Law School, will move on to be full-time law students in the fourth year. At the end of six years, successful students will have earned both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate, all while saving one entire year of tuition and related expenses! For many students, this can be done with no additional costs for summer school.


An undergraduate business 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 their future legal careers. 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. 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 specializes in agriculture and food law, legislative practice, and children’s rights. The law school’s First-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.


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 includes experts in several fields of law, distinguished scholars, and outstanding teachers.


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 internship locations for Drake students considering law school include:

  • Private law practices
  • Law departments within corporate businesses
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Iowa State legislature


We love talking about the great things happening at Drake, but nothing beats a visit to campus. Let us know you're coming, and we'll arrange for you to meet professors, sit in on a class, or just hang out with current students.

For more information about the Business/3 + 3 Law program, contact:

Royce Fichtner
Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of Business Law
Zimpleman College of Business

Drake Law School 3+3 Program Website