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Employer Policies & Procedures

Employers are expected to follow Drake Law School's policies, as stated below.

Services of the Drake Law School Career Development Office are available only to employers whose employment practices are consistent with our policies. By your participation, you agree that your employment practices do not violate Drake Law School’s policies.

If it is determined that an employer’s practices violate Drake Law School’s policies, we will not authorize the use of Drake’s Career Development Office by such employer or access may be rescinded.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Drake’s nondiscrimination policy recognizes that the principles of equal access and equal opportunity require that all interactions within the University be free from invidious discrimination. Drake University therefore prohibits discrimination based upon race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status.

Sexual Harassment Policy

Sexual harassment of students from Drake Law School under your employment is strictly prohibited.

Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome advances, requests for sexual favors, or other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct aimed at another because of sex when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for an employment decision affecting an individual
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or educational performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for work or learning.

These definitions are intended to be in accordance with federal and state law.

20-Hour Work Week Guidelines

Drake Law encourages students not to engage in employment for more that 20 hours per week in any semester in which the student is enrolled full-time.

Hiring First-Year Law Students

The Career Development Office encourages first year law students to focus on academics, rather than the employment search, during the first semester of law school. Fall OCI is not open to 1L students, but 1L students are able to participate in OCI during the second (Spring) semester of law school.  We do not allow 1L students access to online job postings until mid-October of the first year. 

First year law students are able to participate in educational, networking, mentoring, and professional development programs at any time. Students are able to work with the Career Development Office upon entering Drake Law, but we encourage students to focus on adjusting to law school first and working with our office after the first month or two of the fall semester.

Posting Unpaid Positions

Unpaid internships may be posted by government or not-for-profit organizations. However, we do not post positions for law firms or for-profit companies that are unpaid, except in very limited circumstances, due to Department of Labor regulations.


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

 
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