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Law School West Des Moines IA

Getting into law school requires hard work and dedication because competition is fierce. Usually there are more applicants than seats, so your objective is to stand out. Law school application requirements include LSAT, high GPA score and a well-rounded personal statement essay. Don’t ever get discouraged and apply to many different law schools. Here you will find some useful tips that will help. Please scroll down for more information and access to the universities in West Des Moines, IA listed below.

Drake University
(515) 271-2011
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $24430
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Type of Institution : University
Institutional Designation : Private—Nonprofit

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Mercy College of Health Sciences
(515) 643-3180
928 Sixth Avenue
Des Moines, IA
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $13000
School Information
Type of Institution : Four-Year college
Institutional Designation : Private—Religious

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Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
(515) 964-0601
1900 NW 4th Street
Ankeny, IA
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $12306
School Information
Type of Institution : Comprehensive higher education system
Institutional Designation : Private—Religious

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University of Phoenix-Des Moines Campus
6600 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
 
Drake University
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA
 
AIB College of Business
(515) 244-4221
Keith Fenton Administration Building
Des Moines, IA
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $11880
School Information
Type of Institution : Four-Year college
Institutional Designation : Private—Nonprofit

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Grand View College
(515) 263-2800
1200 Grandview Avenue
Des Moines, IA
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $18234
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Type of Institution : Comprehensive higher education system
Institutional Designation : Private—Religious

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Des Moines Area Community College
(515) 964-6241
Building 1
Ankeny, IA
Tuition
Full-Time In-State Tuition Costs : $3210
Full-Time Non-Resident Tuition Costs : $6420
School Information
Type of Institution : Two-Year college
Institutional Designation : Public—State and Local

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University of Phoenix - Des Moines Campus
(515) 267-8218
6600 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
Tuition
$11,340.00
# of Undergrads
22
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Private
Setting
Small city

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Drake University
(515) 271-2011
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA
Tuition
$24,892.00
# of Undergrads
3291
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Private
Setting
Mid-sized city

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Getting into Law School

By Aryeh Cohen-Wade

Do you enjoy argument for argument’s sake? Do images of Sam Waterston flit through your dreams? Do you want to put off the working life for a few more years? Law school may be for you…or you may just be lazy, belligerent, and obsessed with TNT. Figure out how to

draw the distinction below, then learn about applying and making the most of law school once you’re there.

To Sue Or Not To Sue

Law school’s not for everyone. As a preliminary litmus test, keep in mind that you’ll only be successful in law school if you truly want to be there. Here are some other factors to consider before dropping $30 on that LSAT book.

Undergrad background

No major preempts you from getting into law school, but the most common undergraduate majors for applicants are political science, history, and English. That said, a major that departs from the norm can help set an applicant apart. Majoring in science or engineering can be a big plus since patent and intellectual property law often requires some basic scientific knowledge.

What’s it really like?

The consensus: not super fun. The workload in your first year is heavier and more homogenous than undergrad, the atmosphere is much more competitive, and there’s less community. And while it’s possible to float through college without any real goals and still not feel completely worthless, law school is more of a means to an end—messing around is not really a viable option. On the flipside, much of the material is incredibly interesting, and when compared to many jobs (i.e., i-banking) the workload is not too insane. But, in the end, if you’re looking to prolong the salad days of college, law school isn’t the answer.

How much does it cost?

Tuition varies widely, with the top private schools charging between $30,000 and $40,000 a year, and the top public schools around $20,000. Financial aid is generally available, but you will probably have to take out loans to cover the rest. The good news is that top New York firms offer starting salaries of $180,000 a year plus bonus. However, keep in mind that the median starting income for law school grads is “only” $59,000.

What if I don’t want to be a lawyer?

A law degree can be useful for someone who doesn’t want to be a practicing lawyer. Interested in going into politics? Of the 535 members of Congress, 198 have a law degree. Legal academia appeals to those wanting a professor’s lifestyle but not a professor’s crummy pay. A law degree can also be very helpful in various business positions, such as management consulting. In general, it can increase the salary potential of jobs that don’t tacitly require a JD.

Application Time

After deciding to take the plunge, it’s time to apply. Here’s a quick checklist:

1) LSAT score
2) Undergrad transcript
3) Personal statement
4) Letters of recommendation (2 or 3)
5) Dean’s letter (not always required)

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