College of Law The University of Iowa

College of Law The University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
May 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
10 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


A History of Achievement in Legal Studies

The University of Iowa College of Law is the nation's oldest law school west of the Mississippi River. Founded in 1865, the College of Law is regularly included among the best law schools in the country, including those compiled by the "Princeton Review" and "US News and World Report." More than 90% of its graduates pass the bar exam on their first attempts. Overall, the University of Iowa is rated among the Top 10 Best Colleges for Veterans according to "US News."

The College of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association. The college enrolls approximately 400 students who can choose among a variety of degree programs. After the first year, students are given many choices about what to study, and Iowa Law offers specialty programs and customizable joint degree programs to accommodate students' career focus.

Because writing clearly is such a critical part of successful legal study and practice, all Iowa Law students have access to tutorials and instruction from the college's Writing Resource Center, which is staffed by upper-level law students and UI students and alumni who have earned degrees from or are working toward degrees from the Master of Fine Arts degree program at the prestigious Iowa Writers Workshop.

Several Juris Doctor Degree Program Choices

Iowa Law offers the traditional 3-year Juris Doctor (JD) degree program, as well as variations designed to accommodate ambitious undergraduates and lawyers who received their original training abroad. The school's 3 + 3 Program allows undergraduates at selected colleges and universities located in Iowa to save a year's worth of instruction time by counting their 1st years of law school as the completion of bachelor's degree requirements. To be considered, students at participating schools must apply to the College of Law during their junior undergraduate years.

The 2-Year JD degree program is open to qualified foreign-educated lawyers who wish to refine their American English communication skills, develop a strong grasp of American legal principles and practice, and prepare to take the bar exam in any state in the Union.

In addition to its own Juris Doctor degree programs, Iowa Law collaborates with other UI colleges to offer a number of joint degree programs. Among the most popular joint degrees are the Master of Public Health (MPH), the Master of Business Administration (MBA), and the Master of Science (MS) in Urban and Regional Planning. Other dual-degree options in fields ranging from accounting to social work are also available.

Advanced Law Degree Programs

Students who have already earned JD degrees or who received their legal training abroad may pursue the Master of Laws (LLM) post-graduate degrees at the University of Iowa. The 24-credit hour program offers 2 tracks: a legal practice track for jurists from abroad who do not hold JD degrees, and the research track for domestic and international students who do have JD degrees.

The most advanced degree available from the College of Law is the Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD). The SJD degree program is open to law school graduates and to applicants without law degrees, who are required to take extra foundational courses. SJD candidates must produce theses as part of the 3-year program, which enrolls a small number of students and is focused on preparing its graduates for careers in academia.

A Focus on International Law and Technological Law

Iowa Law is home to two special programs designed to keep students up to date on the latest issues in global law and the rapidly changing technology pervasive in modern life. The International and Comparative Law Program sponsors moot court competitions; coordinates study abroad opportunities in the UK, France, the Netherlands, and Portugal; and gives students the benefit of faculty members' experience in global law.

The Innovation, Business, and Law Center at UI provides interdisciplinary perspectives on such topics as intellectual property, medical innovation, communications law, and environmental law.

Accomplished Faculty Members

Iowa Law faculty members represent many areas of expertise within the legal profession. For example, Dean Gail B. Agrawal, F. Wendell Miller Professor of Law, has a background in public health in addition to her teaching experience and time spent clerking for former Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor during her Supreme Court tenure. Sheldon Kurtz, David H. Vernon Professor of Law, is a noted legal author of both casebooks and legal treatises on property, health, and estate law.

Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Charles M. and Marion J. Kierscht Professor of Law, has won numerous awards for teaching, was named one of the "National Law Journal" Minority 40 Under 40, and is Chair-Elect of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Employment Discrimination Section.

Herbert Hovenkamp, Ben and Dorothy Willie Chair, is the recognized expert and prolific author in the area of Antitrust law.

Career-Building Experience

There are many student groups, journals, and community-outreach programs affiliated with Iowa Law. Law students edit four legal journals on the topics of corporate, transnational, gender, and general law. Trial advocacy and moot court programs offer sharper courtroom skills as well as academic credit. UI also has more than 2 dozen law-student groups based on ethnic background, academic accomplishment, and areas of legal interest such as national security and sports law.

Students can find summer field placements with the courts, non-profit groups, and law practices through UI's Field Placement Program. The law school also offers other ways to participate in community service through its Citizen Lawyer Program, which sponsors symposia, coordinates volunteer opportunities, and oversees student pro bono project applications.

Merit and Service-Based Scholarships and Grants

The College of Law at the University of Iowa oversees several scholarships and public interest grants. Applicants who apply for financial aid are automatically considered for Merit Scholarships, UI Law Foundation Scholarships, and Law Opportunity Fellowships which are awarded based on merit and leadership potential as well as socioeconomic background.

Other awards and stipends include 3 options for students who intend to pursue a career in public interest law. The Public Interest Law Award is granted to graduates who have a certain amount of student loan debt and are working in the public-interest sphere. A similar award, the Iowa Law Foundation Public Interest Law Grant, is open to qualified 3rd and 5th year students. And law students with summer jobs in the public interest field may qualify for grants from the Public Interest Summer Internship Class of 1998 Fund.

In addition to these resources, the Equal Justice Foundation offers stipends to current students with summer jobs in legal advocacy for underserved populations. Law research assistantships are also available. These positions offer a salary, mentorship, subsidized health insurance, and in-state tuition rates for nonresident students.

Location & Contact

College of Law

The University of Iowa

Boyd Law Building
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States

Ms. Gail Agrawal


Phone: 319-335-9034

Mr. Collins Byrd

Assistant Dean of Admissions

Phone: 319-335-9095
Fax: 319-335-9646

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Law Doctor of Juridical Sciences (SJD)
      Juris Doctor (JD)
      Juris Doctor/Doctor of Medicine (JD/MD)
      Juris Doctor/Doctor of Philosophy (JD/PhD)
      Juris Doctor/Master of Arts (JD/MA)
      Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA)
      Juris Doctor/Master of Health Administration (JD/MHA)
      Juris Doctor/Master of Public Health (JD/MPH)
      Juris Doctor/Master of Science (JD/MS)
      Master of Laws (LL M)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 4
    • Doctoral Degrees 176
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


42% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 1,570
    • Accepted 663
    • Acceptance Rate 42
    • Enrolled 165
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $
    • Application Fee - International $
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline May 1st March 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesLSAT
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Health Care Benefits, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students405
    • Female Percentage44%
    • Male Percentage56%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students405
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino5%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian76%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian6%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races4%
    • Unknown5%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty55
    • Full-time Percentage73%
    • Part-time Percentage27%
    • Female Percentage33%
    • Male Percentage67%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchInternational and comparative law, business law, intellectual property law, competition law, Constitutional law
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$213,802