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3 Plus 3 Program

Iowa Law’s 3 Plus 3 Program allows eligible undergraduates at partner institutions to apply to law school in their junior year. Students admitted under the program fulfill their senior year of undergraduate credits through the successful completion of their first year law school courses (link to 1L course PDF), allowing them to graduate with both a bachelor’s and law degree in just six years, saving a year of tuition and related costs.

Applicants

Pursuant to Iowa Law’s 3 Plus 3 policy, an applicant must be in his or her junior year at an undergraduate institution with which Iowa Law has a 3 Plus 3 agreement.  Applicants must also meet his or her undergraduate institution’s criteria for eligibility. Each undergraduate institution determines which majors and programs are eligible for participation. 

Partner Institutions
Institutions Contact
Buena Vista University Prof. Lisa Best
Clarke University Prof. Norm Freund
Coe College Prof. Bob Foster
Iowa State University  
Morningside College  
University of Dubuque Prof. Ben Bartels
University of Iowa  
University of Northern Iowa Prof. Scott Peters
Wartburg College Prof. Karen Thalacker

Application Requirements

In addition to being an eligible junior at one of Iowa Law’s partner institutions, applicants must take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), complete the law school application, and submit a Certificate of Eligibility Form from their current schools. 3 Plus 3 candidates are considered alongside Iowa Law’s regular pool of applicants.

Applicants to the 3 Plus 3 program are encouraged to take the LSAT in October or December and apply in January after their fall grades are available. However, later applications, including those from June LSAT-takers, will be considered.

Tuition

Students admitted under the 3 Plus 3 program will pay tuition to Iowa Law.

Next Steps

Students at partner institutions should talk to their school’s 3 Plus 3 advisor to determine their eligibility. Contact your advisor early in your college career to allow time to meet your school’s requirements. You should also learn more about Iowa Law by attending one of our Explore Iowa Law open houses, scheduling a personal visit, or attending a recruiting event. During your junior year, you will take the LSAT and submit your law school application along with the certificate of eligibility from your school.

Questions

Questions about the 3 Plus 3 program can be directed to your school’s 3 Plus 3 advisor or Dr. Brian Farrell at Iowa Law. You can also contact Iowa Law’s Admissions Office for general information or to schedule a visit.