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Ambition and Civility

Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Year 1

Year 1

Foundation for a Career

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Year 2

Year 2

Specialize in Your Interests

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Year 3

Year 3

They Call You "Counselor"

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News | Events

Liza Meyers (Class of 1990)

Liza Meyers Siegel, Denver, Colorado, has received the 2015 Kaufmann-Waldbaum Leadership Award with her husband, Don Siegel. This award was given by Hillel of Colorado for their service to the organization.

Jason Miller (Class of 2002)

Jason Miller, Des Moines, Iowa, has been voted into the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers.  He is a civil defense attorney with Patterson Law Firm LLP.  He focuses on civil litigation, assessment of insurance coverage and appellate practice.

Patricia (Patt) Zamora (Class of 1986)

Patricia (Patt) Zamora, Davenport, Iowa, has been inducted into Davenport High School’s Hall of Honor. She served on the Davenport Community School board for 16 years.

Thomas H. Boyd (Class of 1987)

Thomas H. Boyd, Saint Paul, Minnesota, has been ranked as a leader worldwide by Chambers USA 2015.

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.