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The National Law Journal named Iowa Law to its list of the Top 50 Go-To Schools for 2015

We're happy to share the news that The National Law Journal has, again, named Iowa Law to its list of the Top 50 Go-To Schools for 2015.  This year Iowa Law is at 36.

The complete listing is available online.

Dean Agrawal and Professor Gittler were recently named to the Guardianship and Conservatorship Reform Task Force

From Iowa City Press Citizen, February 15, 2015:

As Iowa faces a shortage of legal guardians, two professors at the University of Iowa College of Law have been enlisted by the Iowa Supreme Court to help solve the impending legal crisis.

Gail Agrawal, dean of the College of Law, and Josephine Gittler, a UI professor in the colleges of law, public health and department of pediatrics, were named to the Guardianship and Conservatorship Reform Task Force in January.

Created by the Iowa Supreme Court, the 10-member group is tasked to solve future issues related to legal guardians, people appointed by state court to make personal decisions for those incapable of doing so, and conservators, a person or bank appointed to handle finances of those that “lack the mental capacity or lose that capacity,” to do so, Gittler said.

Complete article available at: http://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/local/2015/02/15/university-iowa-professors-legal-guardians/23475781/

St. Ambrose Signing

St. Ambrose University joins Iowa Law 3+3 program

The University of Iowa College of Law and St. Ambrose University in Davenport have entered into an agreement that will allow undergraduate students at St. Ambrose to earn their bachelor’s and law degrees in six years.

The 3+3 program, which was first announced in November 2013, allows eligible undergraduates at partner institutions admission to the College of Law at the conclusion of their junior year.

"St. Ambrose students preparing for law careers will now be able to realize significant savings of both time and money through this agreement with the University of Iowa College of Law,” said Sister Joan Lescinski, CSJ, PhD, president of St. Ambrose. “St. Ambrose is very pleased to be able to offer this valuable opportunity to our pre-law students.”

The credits earned during their first year of law school will also apply to their undergraduate degree, saving a year of tuition and related costs.

Gail Agrawal, dean of the UI College of Law, says the program helps address families and students’ concerns about the cost of higher education and presents an opportunity for Iowa’s public law school to be a resource for colleges and universities in Iowa.

“This program is not for every student, but for the right student,” Agrawal says. “The three plus three, early matriculation program is designed for highly motivated undergraduates in Iowa who want to stay in the state to complete their legal education.”

For more information on the 3+3 Program and Iowa Law’s partner institutions, visit the Iowa Law website.

Tom Gallanis

Professor Gallanis Elected to International Academy of Estate and Trust Law

We are delighted to share the news that Professor Thomas Gallanis has been elected to the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law.  The International Academy is an organization of senior practitioners, judges, and scholars who have demonstrated excellence in the field of estate and trust law. Membership is by invitation only and is highly selective. All members must have distinguished themselves through lecturing, writing, or participation in professional organizations. The International Academy has members from forty-one countries.

Professor Gallanis is the Associate Dean for Research, the N. William Hines Chair in Law, and a Professor of History. He is a prize-winning legal historian and comparative lawyer and an expert on trust, probate, and fiduciary law. He is particularly interested in comparative and cross-border aspects of wealth transfer law. He teaches and writes in the fields of trusts and estates, property, and English and European legal history.

He is active in the field of trusts and estates and is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He is the author of Family Property Law: Cases and Materials on Wills, Trusts, and Future Interests (6th ed. 2014) and many law review articles in the field.

He is active in trusts and estates law reform. He is the executive director of the Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Trust and Estate Acts, which is the official oversight body for all uniform laws in the field of trusts and estates. He was the reporter (principal drafter) for the Uniform Powers of Appointment Act (completed 2013) and the Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act (completed 2009). Elected to the American Law Institute, he served as Associate Reporter for the Restatement Third of Trusts (completed 2012) and as a member of the consultative group for the Restatement Third of Property: Wills and Other Donative Transfers (completed 2011). He continues to serve as an Adviser to the Restatement of the Law of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations.

Year 1

The foundation of your career

Personal Attention    Writing Faculty    Faculty Student Ratio

Building legal skills, learning to think like a lawyer, gaining the tools to practice with integrity.

In your first year, we emphasize essential writing skills, analytical thinking, and a sharpened understanding of the role of legal institutions. You’ll take full advantage of our being one of the few law schools in the nation with a full-time legal writing faculty. 

First-year students will have two, small-section courses each semester with the professors in our Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research department. These classes deliver intensive, individualized instruction, with three to six conferences per term devoted to your legal writing projects.

Year 2

Specialize in your interests

Citizen Lawyer    Moot Court    Externships

Develop your knowledge, with an expanded focus on the areas of law you’re most drawn to. The experts are here.
In your second year, you’ll begin to gravitate toward the areas that interest you most. Our faculty are experts across the legal spectrum, and every aspect of modern law practice is covered, including international and comparative law.
Iowa Law’s Citizen Lawyer Program offers a wide variety of opportunities for pro bono work, community service, and philanthropic projects. Another way students extend their education beyond the classroom, developing professional skills is through a variety of moot court competitions—and Iowa consistently prepares winning moot court teams.
In our externship program, we place students in a variety of legal settings. Externships are the best preparation for your career, and a great way to make professional contacts. In fact, many students’ first job after graduating is one that began as an externship.

Year 3

They call you "Counselor"

Law Review    Legal Clinic    Study Abroad

Build your professional identity and accumulate deep experience in a supportive environment. Practice makes practitioners.
By the time you reach your third year, you’ll take advantage of an array of opportunities, putting into practice the cutting-edge legal theory and core doctrinal concepts you’ve mastered in your first two years. Perhaps you’ll work in the “Bullpen” in our legal clinic. Every year our students provide thousands of hours to underserved clients and other special-needs populations, representing clients and honing their legal skills under close faculty supervision.
Iowa Law is also home to four student-run law journals. Many students write for a journal during their second year and accept board positions during their third year.