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Student Profiles

Our students come from all over the United States to experience Drake Law School's one-of-a-kind legal education.

Learn about our first year class and meet some of our students and learn about their opportunities to gain practical experience before graduation.

The Drake Law School student body comes from 33 states, 1 foreign country, and 125 undergraduate institutions.

Fall 2022 Entering Class*

Applicants: 477
Enrolled: 110
Median LSAT: 154
LSAT range (25/75 percentile): 151/157
Median GPA: 3.55
GPA range (25/75 percentile): 3.29/3.77
Women enrolled: 58%
Students of color enrolled: 15%

*As of the first day of classes.

2022 Law School Profile

Total student enrollment: 327
Women enrolled: 53%
Students of color enrolled: 12%

States Represented:
Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon,  Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

Student Profiles

Mariah Kauder

Class of 2021
Drake University

"The faculty and programs at Drake Law School have empowered me to pursue a variety of educational and professional experiences that are making a difference in my career and the community at large."

  • Law Clerk, BrownWinick
  • Legal Intern, Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors
  • Honors Judicial Intern, Iowa Supreme Court
  • Legal Intern, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project
  • Student Attorney, Drake Refugee Clinic
  • Student Attorney, Entrepreneurial and Transactional Clinic
  • Teaching Assistant, Legal Research
  • National Moot Court Team
  • National Environmental Moot Court Team
  • Co-founder, Drake student chapter of the National Lawyers Guild

Clark Butler

Class of 2021
Dakota Wesleyan University

"Between skills courses, internships and classroom learning, I feel that I will be as prepared to start practicing law as anyone in the country by the time I graduate."

  • Law Clerk, Whitfield & Eddy
  • Law Clerk, Wells Fargo
  • Cady Law Opportunity Fellow
  • Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity
  • Black Law Student Association

Josh Hughes

Class of 2021
Drake University

"One of the best things about Drake are the students. I was worried the environment here would be overly competitive and undermining, but I've found a shared drive for success and a real sense of camaraderie among my classmates."

  • Law Clerk, Roxanne Conlin & Associates
  • Intern, Iowa Attorney General Criminal Appeals Division
  • Vice President, Student Bar Association
  • Events Chair, Drake Law OUTLaws

Jazmine Polk

Class of 2022
University of Kansas

"I chose Drake Law because I felt at home from the moment I stepped on campus for my first visit. Because of the supportive staff and practical and hands-on experiences, my time at Drake Law has helped build my confidence in my ability to succeed in the legal field.”

  • Law Clerk, Ahlers & Cooney
  • Junior Staff, Drake Law Review
  • Teaching Assistant, Legal Research and Writing
  • Secretary, Black Law Student Association
  • Cady Law Opportunity Fellow

Miguel Alvarado

Class of 2022
Northwestern College

"Drake Law School provides the education necessary to excel as an attorney, opportunities to develop your skills through practical experience, and an environment to build professional relationships that will last a lifetime."

  • Law Clerk, Nyemaster Goode, PC
  • Legal Intern, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • President, Hispanic Latino Law Student Association
  • Secretary, Grace Fitness, a non-profit organization committed to providing health and wellness programming to communities affected by health disparity

Kerrigan Owens

Class of 2020
University of Iowa

"At Drake Law School, there is a genuine sense of community. The Law School's faculty go out of their way to help students and provide the tools necessary for them to succeed."

  • Intern for Environmental Law and Policy Center
  • Law clerk at Carney and Appleby PLC
  • President, Student Bar Association
  • Vice President of Drake Law Democrats

Rachel Soderstrum

Class of 2020
University of Northern Iowa

"I chose Drake Law School because of the numerous opportunities in the city of Des Moines. Drake makes it easy to make professional—as well as personal—connections."

  • Intern with Hopkins & Huebner, P.C.
  • Member of Drake Association for Child Advocacy
  • Member of Drake Law Women
  • Member of Delta Theta Phi law fraternity
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