Drake connects students to jobs.
The Career Development Office provides free access to a job database and to subscriptions, while also connecting students to hundreds of other postings. Also, be sure you are following best practices during the application process. Finally, take a few minutes to watch this video on maintaining well being during the job search process.
The Career Development Office uses Symplicity, a password-protected job database, for job postings.
Current students can access Symplicity by using your student ID and password. You received an initial password your first year, which you may have modified. Effective July 1, 2020, you will access Symplicity through your Drake ID and password – just bookmark this page: https://law-drake-csm.symplicity.com/sso/students for future use. If you need to reset your Drake password, you can do so online.
Access is available only to Drake Law students and alumni and those granted access through Drake Law School’s Reciprocity Policy. If you believe you qualify under the policy and would like to request reciprocity, contact the CDO.
To see current job postings, visit the Symplicity job database. You can search by keywords and/or location and also set up job alerts. Check back often as jobs are added daily.
Applicants should act quickly if they see a position that interests them. Employers operate on their own timeline even if Symplicity lists a deadline. Some employers may review applications as they arrive and fill the position before the deadline, so we encourage applicants to apply early.
Please know Symplicity jobs are posted by outside employers and housed on our site. Applicants should independently research employers and job opportunities listed in Symplicity since the CDO cannot guarantee the accuracy of the employers’ job postings. Similarly, approving a job posting does not represent an endorsement of the employer, the position, or the views or values held by that employer.
Drake is a member of many organizations that offer online job search tools that you may use as a Drake student. If prompted for a password you can access our Online Resources, Subscriptions, and Passwords. If you have difficulty with the passwords, contact CDO for assistance.
Statement of Reciprocity The Career Development Office provides reciprocal services between Drake Law School and other ABA accredited law schools so that students and alumni may search other job databases. directly to request reciprocity.
NALP Directory of Legal Employers is a great resource to research law firms around the country. It provides overall firm information as well as information on satellite offices, hiring contacts, and much more.
Equal Justice Works helps law students identify public service internships and fellowships.
Government Honors and Internships Handbook – see the variety of internships at the federal, state, and local levels.
Intercollegiate Job Bank offers a look into the job postings at law schools around the country to help with your out-of-state job search.
LawCrossing Job Bank locates and classifies jobs on every source it can find and provides its highly specialized research to job seekers.
Career Education Institutes - Legal Internships search includes a variety of internships available including Women’s Rights, Sports, International Affairs, and Congressional to name just a few. Click “Internships for Law Students.”
PSJD Public Interest Opportunities - identifies public interest jobs, internships, and fellowships and if applicable, how to fund them.
BARBRI Job Network - The BARBRI Job Network connects firms, government agencies, courts and nonprofits with law students seeking meaningful clerkship, fellowship, and employment opportunities.
United States Department of Justice offers hundreds of opportunities for summer internships and also post-graduate positions in federal government. Pay attention to the early deadlines!
Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG Corps) – summer and post-graduate employment within the armed forces. Explore the hiring processes closely for each division – deadlines are often early and applications are sometimes reviewed by boards only at set periods throughout the year.
Defense Intelligence Agency offers summer internships.
U.S. Department of Agriculture offers internships and full-time attorney positions.
USAJobs.gov is a searchable job database for federal employment opportunities.
Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) offers summer internships and post-graduate Honors Programs
Iowa Legislature Jobs Board includes recently-posted positions
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is a self-regulatory organization with overisght from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to protect investors. There are school-year interns as well as summer internships.
For law firm clerkships, search for firms that do Sports or Entertainment law or both. Sports management agencies may also have internship opportunities. Professional leagues and amateur associations regularly offer internship programs, including:
National Association of College and University Attorneys Career Center - find a variety of legal jobs and even some fellowships working in higher education. Some may be JD preferred.
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers national job board
National Association for Public Defense national job board
National District Attorneys Association national prosecutor job board
National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators state-by-state job postings
Public Interest and Social Justice Opportunities
Drake Law School Public Interest Opportunities and Funding. You can find many public interest opportunities on Symplicity throughout the year, including some with funding through Drake or other sources.
Drake is also a member of many organizations that offer online job search tools that you may use as a Drake student. If prompted for a password you can access our Online Resources, Subscriptions, and Passwords. If you have difficulty with the passwords, contact CDO for assistance.
There are other public interest opportunities emerging all the time but may not show up on Symplicity. Take a look at these opportunities for example - don't see something you like? Come see us in CDO!
American Bar Association Job Board - sign up for a free student account and create job alerts.
Iowa State Bar Association Career Center - sign up for a free student account and create job alerts.
Twin Cities Diversity in Practice – 1L Summer Law Clerk program in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.
Check out other available jobs in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area - open to all students and practicing attorneys.
LinkedIn – allows you to search under “Jobs” as well as set up alerts for companies and locations. Did you know you can search for alums to add to your network? Find an alum by clicking the “Search” bar and selecting “People” – use the filters to add the location and Drake University Law School. Learn more here.
Access to Justice Tech Fellowship Program provides summer opportunities to law students
LawMatch legal job search Sign up for one free month (repeatedly) or pay for the service.
Indeed.com allows you to search as well as set up alerts for companies and locations.
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 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.
For questions, contact the Drake Law School Career Development Office at 515-271-2988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.