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Degree Overview

The SJD program at the Iowa Law is intended for students who wish to conduct original and advanced legal research under faculty supervision.

In-Depth Research.  Iowa Law provides a setting that encourages close collaboration with renowned experts in a variety of fields.  Come study with internationally known faculty, including:

Herb Hovenkamp

Herbert Hovenkamp, the leading authority on antitrust, author of the leading treatise on antitrust law, cited more than 1,000 times by the federal courts.
Mark Osiel Mark Osiel, the author of numerous groundbreaking books on transnational justice whose writings on the law’s responses to mass atrocity have inspired several conferences and are assigned at leading universities.
John Reitz John Reitz, former president of the American Society for Comparative Law.
Adrien Wing Adrien Wing, director of the UI Center for Human
Rights and renowned expert in critical race theory
and law in the Muslim world.
Tom Gallanis Thomas Gallanis, a specialist in cross-border and international wealth transfer, and comparative trust law, and a former visiting fellow at All Souls  College, Oxford, and Magdalene College, Cambridge.
Ann Estin

Ann Laquer Estin, an active member of the International Society of Family Law, and an expert Observer at the Hague Conference on Private    International Law.

Maya Steinitz Maya Steinitz, a member of the ICC Commission
on Arbitration and of the Court of the Jerusalem Arbitration Center, who specializes in transnational dispute resolution, international business law, and the global legal profession.

In addition to our outstanding professors, our international law librarian can provide specialized research assistance as well.

Academic Collegiality. As a member of our academic community, you will interact with our students and faculty, participate in faculty workshops, and present your own work for comment.

World Class Setting. The University of Iowa is a top public university with world renowned business, engineering, health, and liberal arts specialties. Collaborate with scholars from other disciplines.

Writing Support. The Iowa Law Writing Resource Center is available to help with legal writing as you develop your publishable dissertation. Legal Writing for Foreign lawyers courses are offered from time to time.