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Employment Statistics

Facts and Figures

88%—Iowa bar passage rate, which is higher than the national average.*

89.2%—Class of 2018 overall employment rate/enrollment in graduate school.

86.3%—Percentage of 2018 graduates with positions requiring bar passage or preferring a J.D.

*First-time takers in July 2018

Employment Data

See also:

2016 ABA Employment Summary

2017 ABA Employment Summary

2018 ABA Employment Summary

  2015 2016 2018
Reporting Rate 97.2% 100% 100%
Total Students 108 95 102
Employed 91 (84.3%) 82 (86.3%) 90 (88.2%)
   ♦ Bar Required 67 (62%) 65 (68.4%) 78 (76.5%)
   ♦ J.D. Preferred 20 (18.5%) 14 (14.7%) 10 (9.8%)
   ♦ Professional 2 (1.9%) 2 (2.1%) 2 (1.9%)
   ♦ Non-professional 2 (1.9%) 1 (1.1%) 0
   ♦ Type Unknown 0 0 0
Enrolled in Full-time Degree Program 2 (1.9%) 1 (1.1%) 1 (0.9%)
Not Seeking - Start Date Deferred/Unemployed 4 (3.8%) 6 (6.3%) 2 (1.9%)*
Seeking - Unemployed 8 (7.4%) 6 (6.3%) 9 (8.8%)

All employment data is as of ten months post-graduation.

* One graduate secured a position prior to the March 15 cut-off date, however the start date for the position fell after March 15. Therefore, according to ABA requirements, the graduate is listed under the "start date deferred" category. 

Employment Breakdown

  2016 2017 2018
Number Employed    
91 82 90
Private Practice
53 (58.2%) 52 (63.42%) 58 (64.4%)
Government 11 (12.1%) 9 (11%) 8 (8.9%)
Judicial Clerkship 3 (3.3%) 6 (7.3%) 7 (7.8%)
Business 20 (22%) 11 (13.4%) 14 (15.6%)
Public Interest 3 (3.3%) 3 (3.7%) 2 (2.2%)
Education 1 (1.1%) 1 (1.2%) 1 (1.1%)

Percentages in the above chart are based on number of students employed, not total number of graduates.

Geographic Distribution of Graduates

Region                     States 2015 2016 2017
W. North Central IA, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, SD 85.1% 92.3% 87.9%
E. North Central IL, IN, MI, OH, WI 6.5% 0% 2.4%
Mountain AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY 3.7% 3.3% 1.2%
South Atlantic DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV 0.9% 2.2% 2.4%
Mid-Atlantic NY, NJ, PA 0% 0% 0%
Pacific AK, CA, HI, OR, WA 1.9% 0% 3.7%
E. South Central KY, MS, TN, AL 0% 1.1% 0%
W. South Central TX, AR, LA, OK 1.9% 1.1% 1.2%
New England CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT 0% 0% 0%
International Worldwide 0% 0% 1.2%
Total   100% 100% 100%

Percentages in the above chart are of total students employed, not total number of graduates.

Additional Information

NALP Employment Data

In addition to the ABA Employment Reports and information noted above, Drake also provides employment data to NALP, an association of over 2,500 legal career professionals advising law students, lawyers, law offices, and law schools across North America and beyond.  NALP provides a more detailed data set than the ABA, and we have provided copies of our recent reports below.  Some data is redacted, including most salary data and any other identifying information.  We typically only receive salary data from approximately 50% of our graduates, and the information we receive can sometimes not be representative of all graduates.  In other cases, the salary information based on job type or firm size may make it possible to identify the graduates that reported that data.  In order to provide consistent information from year to year and protect the confidentiality of our graduates' salary information, we redact the majority of this data. 

Our Career Development Office is happy to answer questions you have and provide current information to you, please contact our office if you would like to discuss any of this data further.

2016 Drake Law NALP Report

2017 Drake Law NALP Report

2018 Drake Law NALP Report


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

 
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