Register for Credential Assembly Service (CAS, LSAC)
The College of Law participates in the Credential Assembly Services (CAS) and requires its prospective students to register for this service through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). LSAC exists to serve both the law schools and the candidates for admission. It takes approximately three weeks for CAS reports to arrive at Iowa Law.
Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
All applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) administered by LSAC no later than February of the year for which they are applying. Please keep in mind that it takes roughly three weeks for the LSAC to issue test results and roughly another three to four weeks for the CAS report (with the LSAT test score) to arrive at the College of Law after it has been requested.
Submit Letters of Recommendation
The College of Law requires applicants to submit at least two letters of recommendation. Recommendations from professors or others who can comment on your critical thinking, writing skills, and potential for success in law school are particularly welcome. The College participates in the letter of recommendation service offered by the LSAC as part of the CAS subscription.
For the CAS report, applicants are responsible for submitting an official transcript to LSAC from each college or university they have attended. In addition, every applicant who accepts admission to Iowa Law must file official transcripts showing conferral of a degree with the University's Office of Admissions.
Complete Personal Statement
The personal statement is required for all applicants. The application form contains complete instructions regarding the personal statement. The personal statement (limited to two to three pages) should address the following topics:
- Why do you wish to study law?
- Why do you want to study at the University of Iowa?
- What has been your most significant accomplishment?
- How would you contribute to our law school community and the legal profession?
- Describe any life experiences that would indicate your drive, determination, motivation, and/or leadership characteristics.
Character and Fitness
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
- Starting Sept. 1, Application for Admission Accepted
- December, Recommended Last LSAT Test
- Starting Jan. 1, Submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- April 1, $250 First Deposit Due for Students Accepted before March 15
- May 1, Deadline for Submission of All Application Materials
- June 1, $150 Second Deposit Due for Students
- Aug. 14-19, 2016, Mandatory Orientation Week and Registration for Fall Entrants
- Aug. 22, 2016, Opening of Classes for Fall Entrants
More Information About Applying
- The timing of your application may make a difference. The College of Law has a rolling admissions process. Although the final deadline is not until May 1, we recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. You may submit an application even if you have not yet taken the LSAT. Historically, the Admissions Committee begins reviewing completed application files by December.
- Please keep in mind that your application file is considered complete only after we have received all of the following: your application, your official CAS report (with transcripts and LSAT scores), résumé and your letter(s) of recommendation. It may take a few days to process your application after we receive it, and it may take up to four weeks after we submit our request for the CAS reports before they arrive in our office.
- Application Deadline: The deadline for applying is May 1, 2016.
- Application Fee: The application fee is waived.
- Graduate Work: The Admissions Committee does take graduate work into account. Please note that the GPA that we will consider will be your undergraduate GPA. However, the committee does review graduate transcripts and weighs those courses and grades in the comprehensive review.
All files are reviewed by our Admissions Committee. A percentage of the first-year class is admitted primarily on the basis of the LSAT and GPA. The rest of the class is admitted on the basis of criteria in addition to those numbers in accord with our "numbers-plus" admissions policy.
Accepting an Offer of Admission
If you wish to accept the offer and hold your place in the class, you must submit a $250 nonrefundable deposit by the date set forth in your offer letter. Applicants accepted into the Fall class must pay a second non-refundable deposit of $150 by June 1. These payments are credited toward tuition and fees for those who enroll.
Under extraordinary circumstances, we may grant a request to defer. The request must be in writing, and must include the reasons for the request. Approvals to defer are left to the discretion of the Admissions Committee Chairperson and the Assistant Dean of Admissions, and are granted under only extreme circumstances. If granted, an applicant can defer for one year only. Requests to defer should be sent to the Admissions Office.