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

Stella Burch Elias

Professor Elias and Advanced Immigration Law and Policy Seminar students publish web site

Since Fall 2013, Professor Elias and her Advanced Immigration Law and Policy seminar students have worked with many Iowa organizations, ranging from the Iowa Judicial Branch and the Public Defender to Immigrant Allies of Marshalltown and Iowa Justice for our Neighbors, to serve immigrant communities in Iowa. The students' work is now available online for clients, partners, and the general public at the Advanced Immigration Law and Policy Project.

Angela Onwuachi-Willig

Judging Opportunity Lost: Assessing the Viability of Race-Based Affirmative Action After Fisher v. University of Texas

In this article, Professor Onwuachi-Willig and her two co-coauthors argue that the U.S. Supreme Court has missed several opportunities to acknowledge and explicate the ways in which race, racism, and racial privilege operate in society, and thus missed opportunities to advance the anti-subordination approach to equal protection. To read the paper, click here and then press the "download this paper" button.

Andy Grewal

The Un-Precedented Tax Court

In this article, Professor Grewal examines the constitutional and practical problems posed by the Tax Court's issuance of non-precedential opinions.  To read the paper, 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.