Students at Iowa State University will be able to earn their undergraduate and law degrees in six, rather than seven, years under an innovative new partnership between Iowa State and the Drake Law School. Developed and managed by the ISU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the program allows students to enter Law School in their fourth year and use the credits earned in their first year of Law School to complete their undergraduate studies.
This represents a great opportunity for students headed to Iowa State with an eye towards getting a JD. While students are not guaranteed acceptance in Drake Law, those that make it will receive a $5000 annual renewable scholarship. The goal is to provide more lawyers to serve rural Iowa.
More law schools should be looking at programs like this not only as a way to help students control costs but also as a way to help those interested in serving under served communities.