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Application Instructions

We are currently accepting applications for 2021!

JD Program Important Dates:
Spring 2021 Semester
Online application available August 3, 2020

Priority Deadline November 1, 2020

Summer and Fall 2021
Online application available September 1, 2020 

Priority Deadline April 1, 2021

See separate application procedures for:

 

JD Program

JD Application Instructions

Application Review Process

All of the information submitted with the application will be carefully considered by the Admissions Committee as such it may be several weeks before an admissions decision is rendered. Beyond an applicant's LSAT score and undergraduate academic record, Drake Law School carefully considers an applicant's writing skills, letters of recommendation (academic letters preferred), leadership experience, community and extracurricular involvement and work and life experiences. Applicants are welcome to attach a resume and/or addendum to include any such relevant information.

Entering first-year students can begin their studies in the summer start program , the Fall semester or the Spring semester.

Apply online at www.lsac.org. The following items must be received by the Drake Law School Office of Admission before your application is considered complete:

  • When to Apply

    To begin in the Spring 2021 semester:
    Online application is available August 3, 2020
    Priority deadline is November 1, 2020

    To begin in the Summer or Fall of 2021:
    Online application is available September 1, 2020
    Priority deadline is April 1, 2021

    We have a rolling admission process, therefore, we continue to accept applications past the priority deadline. For best consideration of admission and financial aid we encourage applicants to apply by the priority deadline.

  • Application

    The online application form is available through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) at www.lsac.org. There is no online application fee. Any affirmative answers to the Character and Fitness question requires a detailed explanation to be uploaded with the application.

  • Personal Statement

    Drake Law School respects the personal goals, life experiences and varied educational backgrounds that students bring to Drake. In order for us to make the best admissions decision, we need the most useful information about you. We are interested in any facts about yourself you think are significant, including work experience and community interest, but especially evidence of leadership ability, maturity, motivation, independent thinking, and the ability to relate to other persons and groups. We also encourage you to address any special interests you have that makes Drake Law School a good choice for you. The personal statement should not exceed 2 typewritten pages.

  • Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report

    All JD applicants are required to have a valid CAS report. Please visit www.lsac.org to establish your account. The following items wil be sent from LSAC and included in your report:

    Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
    We will use your highest score in the last 5 years in consideration for admittance. We will not accept LSAT scores obtained after June of the year in which classes commence.

    LSAT Writing
    Applicants are required to complete the LSAT Writing portion of the LSAT exam. This must be completed before LSAC will release your CAS report.

    Transcripts
    Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be sent to LSAC.

    Letters of Recommendation

    At least one letter of recommendation is required, and up to three letters will be accepted. Letters of recommendation from academic sources are strongly encouraged.

  • Scholarship Form(s)

    The above application materials will be used in determining eligibility for merit scholarships. Applicants will be notified of such awards at the time of admission. There are two scholarships that require an application: the Justice Chester Cole Public Service Scholarship and the Law Opportunity Diversity/Disadvantage Scholarship. For application materials, please visit the Cost and Financial Aid portion of the website.

After Drake Law School has received your JD application from LSAC, you will receive an email with a username and password to access the status of your application online.

To request a paper application, please contact the Drake Law School Office of Admission (515-271-2782, law-admit@drake.edu). A $50 application fee will apply to paper applications.

LLM Program

Applicants to Drake Law School's LLM program must submit the following items:

  • Completed application
  • Official law school transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • At least one letter of recommendation (up to three letters will be accepted)

LLM Application Instructions

The application priority deadline is April 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester. Drake offers rolling admission; therefore, applications will continue to be accepted after the priority deadlines.

Download the LLM Application 2020-2021 ‌or request an application by contacting the Drake Law School Office of Admission (515-271-2782).

Application materials can be submitted via email to Chris Miller at christine.miller@drake.edu or mailed to:

Drake Law School
Office of Admission and Financial Aid
2507 University Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50311

MJ Program

Application Instructions

MJ in Compliance and Risk Management

This is an online program with rolling admission.

Complete the Online MJ in Compliance and Risk Management Application. Select "Master of Jurisprudence in Compliance and Risk Management" on the dropdown menu.

Applicants to Drake Law School's MJ in Compliance and Risk Management program must submit the following items through application site listed above:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • Copy of graduate examination scores (if applicable)

Questions? Call 844-254-4221.

MJ in Individualized Legal Studies 

This is an in-person program.

The application priority deadline is June 1 for the fall semester. Drake offers rolling admission; therefore, applications will continue to be accepted after the priority deadlines.

Download the MJ Application 2020-2021 or request an application by contacting the Drake Law School Office of Admission (515-271-2782).

Applicants to Drake Law School's MJ in Individualized Legal Studies program must submit the following items:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • At least one letter of recommendation (up to three letters will be accepted)
  • Copy of graduate examination scores (if applicable)

Application materials can be submitted via email to Chris Miller at christine.miller@drake.edu or mailed to:

Drake Law School
Office of Admission and Financial Aid
2507 University Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50311

Note: Credits earned as an MJ student are not transferrable should a student later decide to pursue the JD program.

Additional Application Information

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admissions to the bar in every US jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Note:  All applicants should comply with LSAC's ethical standards in applying to law school.

 

Questions

Contact the Office of Admission and Financial Aid through one of the contact methods below.

Phone: 515-271-2782
Email: law-admit@drake.edu

 
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