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Student Policies

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

Employers: See Employer Policies & Procedures.

Student Employment Information

  • First-year students attending law school full-time are encouraged not to seek employment during the first year of law school. This allows students to become academically established and adjust to the rigors of law school prior to adding additional commitments. In addition, the first year schedule is generally such that it is difficult to find blocks of time to work during the typical work day.
  • For any full-time student who opts to work during the academic year, it is recommended that the hours worked not exceed 20 hours per week.
  • If you are an international degree-seeking student here on an academic visa, contact the CDO to discuss requirements for off-campus employment.

Student Practice Rule

Students who are interested in clinic, prosecutorial internships, or any other experiential opportunity that qualifies for student practice are responsible for ensuring they are in compliance with the relevant Student Practice Rules (Drake Law School Student Handbook, Rule 5.4).

The handbook provides the relevant rules for the local state and federal courts; however, students need to ensure that they meet the requirements for the jurisdiction in which they will be serving.

Reciprocity Policy

Drake Law School Statement of Reciprocity
The Career Development Office at Drake Law School provides reciprocal services to law students and alumni of other ABA accredited law schools under the following guidelines:

1. Services are available only to students whose law schools grant reciprocal privileges to students and graduates of Drake Law School.

2. Reciprocity is granted on a case-by-case basis. Drake Law School reserves the right to deny or terminate reciprocity for any reason. Services may be denied to students/graduates of any school seen to surpass a reasonable number of requests or which limits the number of requests by Drake Law students or graduates or to individuals who misuse the facilities, services, or staff.

3. Requests for services must be made in writing by a career counseling official of the requesting law school that the student/graduate attends/attended and must be received and approved at least one week in advance of the visit. The written request should also include a statement of services that the requesting school will provide to our students/alumni. The requesting law school must receive written notification that reciprocity has been granted before the student/graduate enters the office. It will be the responsibility of the requesting school to notify its students or graduates of the grant or denial of reciprocity. No walk-in requests will be honored.

4. Reciprocity visitors are permitted to use the office for three months from the date of approval. Reciprocity allows use of materials in the Career Development Office. Reciprocity students may view hard copies of job listings while in our office and access will be granted to Drake’s password-protected job listings for students from out-of-state law schools but only if the requesting school allows Drake Law students access to their online job database. In-office use of resource materials and handouts in the Career Development Office library is also permitted. Resources are not available to be checked out. (When applying to employment notices listed with Drake Law, applicants are required to indicate in their cover letter that they obtained the information through a reciprocal agreement between the applicant’s law school and Drake Law School.)

5. Services not available to reciprocity students/graduates include:

  • Counseling services
  • Access to password-protected job databases (unless you qualify under #4 above), including Drake Law School’s and any national databases in which Drake Law School subscribes
  • Access to telephones, faxes, recruitment programs, job fairs, skills workshops and resume/cover letter reviews

6. Reciprocity services are not available during the fall on-campus interview season, which is from Aug. 1 through Nov. 15 or during any additional recruiting programs. Under no circumstances will students or graduates from other schools be permitted to schedule interviews/appointments with prospective employers visiting Drake Law School.

7. Drake Law School reserves the right to alter the terms of this policy without prior notice.

Requests for or questions about reciprocity should be directed to

Career Development Office
2507 University Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50311

P 515-271-2988
F 515-271-1958

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