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"


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Law Reunion Weekend is October 9-11, 2015

This fall's reunion weekend will honor the classes of 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, all 50+ classes, and select summer entrant classes.

For details or to register, visit our law reunion pages.

Iowa Law Signs Agreement

University of Iowa, Kosovo sign MOU to create law externship abroad

Leaders from the University of Iowa and the Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs gathered in Des Moines earlier this month to sign an agreement that creates an externship program abroad for UI law students.

The externship is available to any UI law student who has completed at least one year of law school, takes place at the Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs and involves international law research. The student will be supervised by Ministry officials on site and UI Law Professor Nathan Miller, director of the College of Law’s International Legal Clinic on campus.

The externship was made possible after UI Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law Programs Adrien Wing and Professor Miller traveled to Kosovo for a week in June.

“We are delighted to make this opportunity available on an ongoing basis to University of Iowa law students at this important time in Kosovo’s history,” Wing says.

The externship will become part of UI Law’s field placement program, which offers quality educational experiences that involve students in the performance of legal work in government or non-profit agencies, criminal prosecution or defense offices, state and federal judges’ chambers, international law offices and agencies, as well as in a limited number of private practice and corporate settings. In addition to earning credit for their field work, students in field placements participate in a class or tutorial, led by a faculty member, designed to maximize and supplement the experiential learning.

For more on the field placement program, visit:


Career Services

Introducing Iowa Law's Career Services Team

The Career Services Office is thrilled to welcome Akua Akyea as Assistant Dean of Career Services and Melissa Carrington and Elizabeth Watkins Price as Assistant Directors of Career Services. 

Akua Akyea is a member of Iowa Law’s Class of 1997.  Since graduating from Iowa Law, she has worked in Career Services as the Director of International and Summer Programs at the Center for Public Interest Law at Columbia Law School and most recently as the Director of Public Interest at Yale Law School.

Melissa Carrington is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law. She clerked for Judge Mark W. Bennett in the Northern District of Iowa and Magistrate Judge David G. Bernthal in the Central District of Illinois.  She then worked in the Chicago office of Jackson Lewis P.C., a labor and employment firm.  Melissa’s focus will be private sector and clerkship advising.  

Elizabeth Watkins Price comes to Iowa City from Ithaca, New York, where she worked as a Staff Attorney for Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York.  Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law. Before beginning her legal career, Elizabeth worked as an inner-city school teacher, first with Teach for America in Washington, D.C., and then with the Durham City Schools in North Carolina.  Elizabeth's focus will be public interest advising.


Sesquicentennial People Project Underway

Iowa Law's People Project

Whenever we ask alumni what they remember most about their time at Iowa Law, their answers inevitably start with, “The people!”

They go on to tell us about their classmates and colleagues as well as their mentors and heroes. In honor of Iowa Law’s 150th anniversary, we wondered whether it would be possible to share the stories of 150 alumni. We quickly realized that we could never put a cap on the Iowa Law stories that needed to be told. During the last 150 years, the people of Iowa Law have included countless leaders and trailblazers--all of them fascinating.

We invite you to share your story or tell us about an Iowa Law alum who influenced your life by e-mailing us at:; calling us at 319-335-9028 (leave a voice mail with the name, story, and way to reach  you); or completing our intake form.

We’ll share as many stories as we can through social media, our web site, e-newsletter, and at Boyd Law Building.  View the collection of stories as they grow at

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.