Simpson College and Drake Law School announce new 3+3 pathway

Simpson College and Drake Law School have joined together to create a new opportunity for our students. Under the exclusive new 3+3 pathway, students can complete both a Simpson undergraduate degree and a Drake law degree in six years, all at a substantial reduction in expense.

After the signing of the official agreement, Dean Allen Vestal of the Drake Law School told Drake Law and Simpson College 3 + 3 programof one Simpson business graduate who had done great work at Drake Law including serving as editor of the law review.  She has gone on to great success in her career and is now a top lawyer in the area.  Drake Law wanted to design a pathway to make the process easier and the costs lower for high caliber students from Simpson to pursue a Drake Law degree.

One of the primary goals of the 3+3 pathway is to reduce the cost of higher education, a priority for both Simpson and Drake Law. Taking one year off the normal seven-year progression will significantly reduce student loan balances and get participants into law practice one year earlier. To further reduce the cost, Drake Law has committed special scholarships for all participants in the 3+3 pathway with Simpson.

Additionally, students will have opportunities to engage with the law school experience while at Simpson.  During their second year, students pursuing this pathway will take Introduction to American Law at the Drake Law School.  These students will also be invited to participate in Drake Law activities including debate, special events and guest lectures during their years at Simpson.  These experiences will give students exposure to the law school experience prior even to beginning the law school admissions process.

Speaking of the new opportunity, Simpson Business Administration and Economics Professor and advisor for students in the pathway Mark Juffernbruch, explained, “Numerous Simpson business students have pursued their J.D. at Drake Law and gone on to successful careers in various areas of business law.  This new pathway makes it easier for Simpson students to pursue an education and career in the law”

The pathway is open to students of any major, but the Department of Business Administration and Economics is particularly enthusiastic about the opportunity with the significant number of our students who pursue a law degree after graduation from Simpson.

Interested students should contact Mark Juffernbruch at mark.juffernbruch@simpson.edu.  The primary contact at Drake Law School is Miguel Schor.

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