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At Drake Law School, we combine innovative curriculum with practical experience to prepare students to be outstanding lawyers and leaders in their communities.

Drake Law School offers various degree programs, including:

  • Juris Doctor (JD) For students with a four-year bachelor's degree who wish to practice law in any state.
  • Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) For students with a four-year bachelor's degree who do not wish to practice law, but rather want a better understanding of the law to advance their career. A JD degree is not required for admission to this program.
  • Master of Laws (LLM) For students who hold a JD degree or equivalent and wish to pursue an advanced curriculum to expand their practice. For international students, an LLM may allow them to sit for the bar exam in some states and obtain a license to practice law in the U.S.

Drake Law School also offers a 3+3 program with many undergraduate institutions as well as joint degrees in cooperation with Drake University, Iowa State University, Des Moines University, and the University of Iowa.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission and Financial Aid at 515-271-2782 or

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Law School News
February 20, 2020
John Gilbertson, a third-year student at Drake University Law School, was recognized onstage during GRAMMY Week 2020 at the 22nd Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Event and Scholarship Presentation, hosted by the Recording Academy. His paper, titled Play It Again Sam: The Free-Market Case for Government Intervention in the Music Streaming Sector, received runner-up in the Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition, winning him a trip to Los Angeles and a $2,500 scholarship.