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The University of Iowa College of Law

Multiple criteria are used to initially determine which applicants' admission will best advance the College of Law's missions of providing a high-quality legal education and preparing students to serve as leaders in their professional and civic communities. Two criteria of importance are undergraduate academic record and performance on the Law School Admissions Test. The Admissions Committee recognizes, however, that there are circumstances in which these numerical criteria do not accurately reflect an applicant's potential and exclusive reliance upon these two factors would then result in an incomplete assessment of an applicant's ability to succeed in the study of law, develop skills as a leader, and enrich the learning experience. Therefore, an admissions policy has been developed to evaluate an applicant's total suitability for admission.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 522
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 158 - 164
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.46 - 3.79
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 87.79%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 91.8%
In State Tuition $27,344
Out of State Tuition $47,792

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About The University of Iowa College of Law

Multiple criteria are used to initially determine which applicants' admission will best advance the College of Law's missions of providing a high-quality legal education and preparing students to serve as leaders in their professional and civic communities. Two criteria of importance are undergraduate academic record and performance on the Law School Admissions Test. The Admissions Committee recognizes, however, that there are circumstances in which these numerical criteria do not accurately reflect an applicant's potential and exclusive reliance upon these two factors would then result in an incomplete assessment of an applicant's ability to succeed in the study of law, develop skills as a leader, and enrich the learning experience. Therefore, an admissions policy has been developed to evaluate an applicant's total suitability for admission.

Reviews

Students at the affordable University of Iowa College of Law are unanimous on one point: Iowa is “the most underrated school in the country.” “If you want to learn from the best without giving an arm and a leg for tuition,” they say, “come to this school.” The “sympathetic” faculty at Iowa is “very concerned with providing the best academic experience.” “Professors are demanding in a way that I know will make me a better lawyer,” relates 2L. “They are brilliant yet not egomaniacs.” “Some scare the crap out of you, and some create a warm classroom environment.” Outside of class, “The professors are, for the most part, interesting and cool people,” and interaction between students and professors is exceedingly common. Sure, they are “awkward socially,” but “Even the most distinguished professors welcome you into their offices, and it’s not uncommon to go out to dinner with your professor and a few classmates.”Classes here “tend toward the theoretical.” “Iowa presents kind of a contradiction,” proffers a 2L. “It is a theory-driven program that produces mostly practicing attorneys.” Iowa’s ten practice clinics are “very strong,” “and there are plenty of slots available” (though you do have to lottery into them). “The Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area has oppor­tunities to practice while in law school, but those opportunities are somewhat limited.” The legal writing program garners mixed reviews. “We are learning to write legal briefs and memos from the best,” contends a satisfied 1L. Others feel “cheated.” “We could use a lot more hands-on training with writing and research,” says one student. Pretty much everyone who mentions the moot court program is unhappy with it. “The faculty can’t be bothered to provide meaningful coaching or instruction,” laments one student.The Career Services staff here “is a group of all-stars” that provides “all of the assis­tance you need.” “The top 25 to 30 percent of students don’t seem to have any trouble finding work in cities across the country, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Boston.” By and large, though, students end up practicing in one of “sev­eral large markets” throughout the Midwest. Some students complain that “Iowa could do better in attracting and encouraging employers outside of the Midwest.” “If you want to work in the Midwest, this school is considered good, and employers are eager to interview you,” advises a 2L. “If you want to work anywhere else, go to law school in that region.” The “really space-constrained” law school building is “functional, though it looks pretty awful.” “It was built in the early ‘80s, and I think at that time people thought it was cool and futuristic,” adds a 2L, “but now it just looks like something out of Star Trek IV.” “Classrooms are pretty typical,” though students “appreciate the plentiful outlets and wireless Internet.” “There is no shortage of PCs available in the computer labs,” and “The school also has very friendly tech gurus.” The “extensive” law library is “a little bubble of greatness.” It’s “open late” and “always staffed by friendly librarians who know more about the law than anyone ever should.”

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 189

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 0

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 0

Description: An advanced, professional study of legal systems and philosophies in comparative perspective.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA, 4 years; JD/MA, 4 years; JD/MHA, 4 years; JD/MSW, 4 years; JD/MPH, 3.5 years; JD/MS, 4 years; JD/MD, 6 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • International

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 70
Full-Time Faculty 45
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 12
Part-Time Faculty 13
Faculty Gender 58% Male
41% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 10 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 57% Male
42% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 72%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 2%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Ethnicity Unknown 9%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 6%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $27,344 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $27,344 $27,344

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $47,792 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $47,792 $47,792

Financial Aid

91% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$47,995 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $60

Incoming Class

The University of Iowa College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 158 - 164
LSAT Total 158 - 164

The University of Iowa College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.46 - 3.79
Total 3.46 - 3.79

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 71%
First Time Pass Rate 88%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 88%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 150
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 92%
Average Starting Salary $54,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 30 17%
Firm Sized 11-25 13 7%
Firm Sized 26-50 7 7%
Firm Sized 51-100 5 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 7 4%
Firm Sized 251-500 3 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 7 4%
Business Industry 36 21%
Government 29 17%
Public Interest 8 5%
Federal Clerkship 9 5%
State Clerkship 12 7%
Academia 5 3%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 7 4%
Unemployed, Seeking 2 1%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CA 5%
IL 13%
IA 38%
International 6%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of The University of Iowa College of Law include:

  • Norman B. Coleman - Former U.S. Senator, Minnesota; Senior Government Advisor, Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC
  • John J. Bouma - Chairman, Snell & Wilmer, Phoenix
  • Mary K.W. Jones - Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Deere & Company, Moline
  • The Honorable Michael J. Melloy - Senior Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Cedar Rapids
  • Kimberly Teehee - Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs, Washington, DC

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