Law in Action

Juris Doctor Degree Program

Drake University Law School offers you a different kind of legal education. One where you’ll not only gain a solid foundation in legal theory, you’ll also roll up your sleeves and put the law in action.

Learn from the experts.

Drake Law faculty are not just scholars—100% have practiced law. Your professors will enrich classroom learning with their expertise and incorporate skills training within your coursework to prepare you for success. Add the hands-on opportunities of Drake Law’s legal clinic programs, internships, and one-of-a-kind First-Year Trial Practicum, and you will graduate with impressive credentials already on your resume. As for academics, Drake Law school is a top Iowa law school, nationally recognized for our family law program, criminal law, trial advocacy, and legal writing. Drake Law School is highly ranked nationally for family law, criminal law, trial advocacy, and legal writing.

Be minutes from the Capitol, Iowa’s appellate courts, and the county’s district court.

As the only law school in the capital city of Des Moines—the center of the Iowa’s Judicial System—you will have unique opportunities at Drake Law School to gain practical experience in government and public service, business, state and federal courts, the legal sector, and more.

Reduce your law school costs.

We award over $6 million each year towards Drake Law School tuition and more than 70% of our law student body are awarded scholarships. That’s part of why Drake Law graduates have 14% less debt than the national average for private law schools. As a result, preLaw Magazine has ranked Drake Law School one of the best values among private law schools.

A JD degree that will set you apart.

Drake Law School offers far more than your typical law degree and the difference shows. Our network of 6,000+ alumni practice in all 50 states and around the world, in every facet of the legal profession. Fill out the form to get more information about the possibilities waiting at Drake Law School.


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89% passage rate (July 2019)
Our graduates consistently pass the bar exam at rates higher than the national average.


86% of the class of 2018 were employed in a position requiring or preferring a JD within 10 months of graduation. PreLaw Magazine ranks Drake Law School the #2 Top School For Employment at law firms with 100 or fewer attorneys.


Consistently ranked as a Top 20 Legal Research and Writing Programs by U.S. News and World Report, our program is 12th in the nation.

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Student Profile

“I chose Drake Law School because of the great opportunities that the law school provides both in the classroom and through practical experiences outside of the classroom. The faculty and staff are committed to bettering the experience of the students in any way that they can.”
—Clark Butler, Class of 2021
    Discovery Bay, California

Law Clerk at Wells Fargo

Law Clerk at Whitfield & Eddy Law

Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity

Black Law Student Association