Our JD program is designed to build your knowledge base through the study of legal doctrine and experiential opportunities. And because we’re a smaller program, you’ll find our faculty and staff are invested in your growth over time.  

In your first year, you’ll build a strong foundation in legal thinking and writing. As a second- and third-year student, you can focus on the areas of law that interest you the most. You can take what you know into a wide range of legal settings through internships, externships, and study-beyond-campus programs.

Professor Mihailis Diamantis lectures to law students in a large classroom.

Courses and Curriculum

Reading Book in Iowa Law Library

Areas of Study


Experiential Learning

Learning Outcomes

Learn more about the institutional learning outcomes for the JD program based on ABA Standard 302.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the University of Iowa College of Law must complete all requirements for the baccalaureate degree before beginning law school. In addition, the baccalaureate degree must be earned from an undergraduate institution that is accredited by an agency recognized by the Department of Education.

Iowa strongly endorses three basic objectives recommended by a committee of the Association of American Law Schools: education for comprehension and expression in words; education for a critical understanding of the human institutions and value with which the law deals; and education for greater power in thinking. Anyone thinking of attending law school should keep these objectives in mind while planning an undergraduate course of study.

Application Information