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Visiting/Transfer Students

Drake Law School is now accepting applications for 2024!

Visiting Students

Any student wishing to attend Drake Law School as a visiting student must complete an online application and submit the following:

  • A current law school transcript;
  • A letter from the dean's or registrar's office of the law school at which the student is a degree candidate (home law school) certifying that the student is in good academic standing and eligible to re-enroll;
  • Written Permission of his or her dean's or registrar's office to enroll in any classes offered at Drake Law School.  Visiting students may only enroll in semesters or courses for which they have received prior approval.

To access the online application, visit

Required documents may be sent via e-mail or postal mail to:

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


Transfer Students

Any student wishing to transfer from another accredited law school should follow the procedure listed for regular applicants. See Drake Law School's application instructions.

In addition, transfer applicants must also provide:

  • Transcripts showing the grades of all law work attempted;
  • Class rank;
  • A letter from the dean of the most recent law school attended certifying that the student is in good academic standing and eligible to re-enroll;
  • An official copy of the CAS report to be sent to the admission office from the Law School Data Assembly Service. Photocopies will not be accepted. Electronic requests for reports may be made at

As a general rule, a student must rank in the upper half of the class at the previous law school attended.

Credit for courses in which the student earned a grade of C or better usually will transfer, but those grades will not be calculated into the student’s cumulative grade point average at Drake Law School. Determination of transfer credit acceptance is made by the associate dean. 

To qualify for a Drake Law degree, a student must complete at least 30 semester hours of work in residence at Drake. The faculty have the right to require completion of more than 30 hours in appropriate cases. Only in exceptional circumstances may a student qualify for a degree with only two semesters in residence at Drake.

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