Employment Statistics

Facts and Figures

82%—Iowa bar passage rate, which is higher than the state and national average.*

87.4%—Class of 2017 overall employment rate/enrollment in graduate school.

83.2%—Percentage of 2017 graduates with positions requiring bar passage or preferring a J.D.

6.3%—Percentage of 2017 graduates who reported they were unemployed and seeking a position.

*First-time takers in July 2016

Employment Data

See also:

2015 ABA Employment Summary

2016 ABA Employment Summary

2017 ABA Employment Summary

  2015 2016 2017
Reporting Rate 98.3% 97.2% 100%
Total Students 117 108 95
Employed 108 (92.3%) 91 (84.3%) 82 (86.3%)
   ♦ Bar Required 83 (70.9%) 67 (62%) 65 (68.4%)
   ♦ J.D. Preferred 18 (15.4%) 20 (18.5%) 14 (14.7%)
   ♦ Professional 5 (4.3%) 2 (1.9%) 2 (2.1%)
   ♦ Non-professional 2 (1.7%) 2 (1.9%) 1 (1.1%)
   ♦ Type Unknown 0 0 0
Enrolled in Full-time Degree Program 1 (0.9%) 2 (1.9%) 1 (1.1%)
Not Seeking - Start Date Deferred/Unemployed 2 (1.7%)* 4 (3.8%) 6 (6.3%)
Seeking - Unemployed 4 (3.4%) 8 (7.4%) 6 (6.3%)

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

  2015 2016 2017
Number Employed    
108 91 82
Private Practice
66(61.1%) 53 (58.2%) 52 (63.4%)
Government 17 (15.7%) 11 (12.1%) 9 (11%)
Judicial Clerkship 6 (5.6%) 3 (3.3%) 6 (7.3%)
Business 12 (11.1%) 20 (22%) 11 (13.4%)
Public Interest 5 (4.6%) 3 (3.3%) 3 (3.7%)
Education 2 (1.9%) 1 (1.1%) 1 (1.2%)

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

Geographic Distribution of Graduates

Region                     States 2013 2014 2015
W. North Central IA, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, SD 83.6% 81.6% 85.1%
E. North Central IL, IN, MI, OH, WI 2.5% 7% 6.5%
Mountain AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY 4.9% 4.4% 3.7%
South Atlantic DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV 2.5% 1.8% 0.9%
Mid-Atlantic NY, NJ, PA 0.8% 0% 0%
Pacific AK, CA, HI, OR, WA 0.8% 0.9% 1.9%
E. South Central KY, MS, TN, AL 0.8% 0% 0%
W. South Central TX, AR, LA, OK 2.5% 2.6% 1.9%
New England CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT 0% 0.9% 0%
International Worldwide 1.6% 0.9% 0%
Total   100% 100% 100%

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

Additional Information

  • Drake's overall employment was 36th out of the 204 law schools that reported data to the ABA for the Class of 2015, placing it in the 82nd percentile nationally, with employment numbers almost 8 percentage points above the national average.
  • For students in a position that required bar passage or where a J.D. was preferred, Drake was 6th out of 24 schools in the region (includes Iowa and six contiguous states) and above the regional average. In those same two categories, Drake was in the 86th percentile nationally (10 percent above the national average).
  • Nationwide in 2015, 1,037 graduates were hired by their own law schools. When adjusted for employment by law schools, Drake's employment numbers ranked 17th out of 204 schools nationwide, which is in the 91st percentile and more than 10 percent above the national average. Regionally, Drake was 3rd out of 24 schools.

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.

2014 Drake Law NALP Report

2015 Drake Law NALP Report

2016 Drake Law NALP Report


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

 
Law School News
August 17, 2018
Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, gave a special lecture to approximately 350 Drake Law students, faculty, and staff on Aug. 16.
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