U.S. News & World Report ranks Drake Law School #88 in Best Law School Rankings

Drake Law School ranked among top 100 law schools in the U.S.

Drake University Law School was ranked among the top law schools in the nation in the newly released U.S. News & World Report 2023–2024 Best Law School rankings. The latest ranking at #88 marks the first time Drake Law has broken into the top 100.

The annual rankings evaluate institutions on their graduate job placement, faculty resources, academic profiles of entering students, and peer evaluations regarding perceived program quality. This year, U.S. News revised their methodology to emphasize measures that should matter more to students, such as bar passage and graduate employment rates – two areas in which Drake Law School consistently excels.

“This ranking reflects the hard work of our faculty and staff and their dedication to preparing students to be ‘complete professionals’,” said Jerry Anderson, dean of the Drake University Law School. “Students not only receive a solid foundation in legal theory but also opportunities for hands-on, real-world experiences. This enables them to develop the skills they need to succeed right out of law school.”

In addition to the overall ranking, Drake Law’s legal writing program ranked #25 in the country and the clinical training program rose over twenty slots to #69.

The top 100 ranking comes on the heels of several other acknowledgments of Drake Law School’s excellence in preparing students for future career success. This year, Drake Law has been recognized by preLaw magazine as a top school in five practice areas including child/family law, human rights, criminal law, trial advocacy, and practical training (top 20). In January, Drake was named a finalist in Bloomberg Law’s inaugural Law School Innovation Program for the unique First-Year Trial Practicum. And in February, Drake was named one of Princeton Review’s “Best Law Schools for 2023.”

“While one number can’t encompass the quality of legal education you get at Drake Law, these accolades reflect a real sense of upward momentum, generated by the accomplishments of our students and faculty, supported by our strong alumni network,” said Dean Anderson. “It’s a great example of how everyone’s contributions make a positive difference.”