Welcome to Iowa Law


Ambition and Civility

Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Year 1

Year 1

Foundation for a Career


Year 2

Year 2

Specialize in Your Interests


Year 3

Year 3

They Call You "Counselor"


News | Events

Patent Team Advances to Nationals

Iowa Law's patent moot court team, comprised of Shyam Goswami and Abby Neu, is headed to the national Giles Sutherland Rich patent moot court competition in Washington DC after winning Second Place at the regional competition in Chicago. This is the third year in a row that one of Iowa Law's teams has advanced to the national competition.


Iowa Law Team Earns Best Brief at the Irving Kaufman Securities Moot Court Competition

Iowa Law's IP Advocacy team won the award for Best Brief and advanced to the semi-finals in the Irving Kaufman securities moot court competition hosted by Fordham Law School in New York City. Brett Holubeck, Sarah Raaii, and Raxit Shah beat out teams from Georgetown, New York University, the University of Wisconsin, and others to compete in the final four. This is the first time that our IP Advocacy class has sent a team to this competition.

Jason Rantanen

The Malleability of Patent Rights

In this article, Professor Rantanen argues that--contrary to conventional wisdom--there are a variety of important ways in which patent rights are not static and fixed.  To read the article, click here and then press the "download this paper" button.

Herb Hovenkamp

Antitrust and Information Technologies

In this article, Professor Hovenkamp examines the relationship between competition policy and information technology, paying particular attention to the opportunities and challenges presented by digitization.  To read the article, click here and then press the "download this paper" button.

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.