Iowa is one of the many states that offers the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). You can get more information on the bar exam, individual state requirements, exam components and more by visiting our Bar Exam information page.
Judicial clerkships are a great way to start your legal career. Opportunities will be available at all levels, from federal appeals and district courts as well as state and county courts. The timelines for state and county clerkships will parallel firms, while federal clerkships will be much earlier. Many postings can be found on Symplicity, but if you have a specific clerkship in mind you will want to be proactive to find that posting. Drake subscribes to a detailed guide on state clerkships across the country through a password-protected Guide to State Court Judicial Clerkship Procedures - contact CDO if you would like to access this tool. The Iowa Judicial Branch posts Iowa Judicial Branch Law Clerk Hiring Information on its for district courts, the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court.
Many federal clerkships will be posted on the federal OSCAR hiring website, although the individual postings can also be found on the individual court's judicial site as well. Students cannot currently access OSCAR until second semester of their second year - students in the graduating class of 2021 can access OSCAR on February 5, 2020 to register for an account, upload documents, search for clerkship positions, and build online applications. (Students in the Class of 2020 can already set up their accounts.) Applications are not released to judges until June. OSCAR has many helpful online tools, including an Applicant Prep Kit and an Applicant Quick Reference Guide. The CDO staff can help with OSCAR and can also upload letters of recommendation for your application.
Career Fairs can be a valuable tool in your job search, especially if you are seeking jobs around the country or have a special niche or practice area. Many Drake students will attend career fairs, especially during the summers, then network and have initial interviews on-site. If there is a career fair that you are interested in that is not on Drake's List of Career Fairs, please let us know so we can help get you signed up.
Professionalism training is incorporated throughout the Drake Law curriculum, as well as through focused Career Development and other programming. Professionalism and civility are the basis of the legal profession and through practical training, classroom discussions, and other focused discussions, students will gain skills and an understanding in this area. The Career Development Office is also working to provide on demand resources related to areas such as networking, communication, and more, for students and alumni to access at any time.
Students and alumni have access to numerous resources in the Symplicity Document Library, including resume and cover letter guides, online job resources (including passwords), and interview preparation materials. To access the materials, log in to Symplicity with your student id and Symplicity password.
On-demand programming at your fingertips is available in the Drake Law Video Library. Content is continuously being added, so check back regularly for updates. Resources include a reciprocity guide, alumni interviews focused on various practice areas, bar application and student registration, and more.
A list of videos, including links to access materials, is included in the Symplicity Document Library.
If you are looking for information on firms throughout the country, the NALP Directory of Legal Employers is a great resource. It provides overall firm information as well as information on satellite offices, hiring contacts and much more. It's free to access.