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Apply to Iowa Law

In an effort to make the JD application process as easy as possible, we have waived the application fee this year for the three-year program.  By filing an application free of charge, you will give us an opportunity to learn more about you and your achievements, and you also will set the stage for learning more about us as you work through your decision-making process.  It won’t cost you a thing, and it might very well set in motion a process that transforms your life.

Kinnick Law Scholars

The Kinnick Law Scholars program enables current University of Iowa students to apply for admission to the UI College of Law without the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), provided they meet requirements set forth by the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Because this process is reserved only for elite UI students, we have named it after alumnus Nile Kinnick to honor his success as both an undergraduate and as a law student.


To be eligible to apply as a Kinnick Law Scholar, the student:

Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)

To apply to the program,  you must meet one of the following:

  • Have completed an LLM degree at the University of Iowa or at another law school of comparable rigor, or be currently enrolled in such a program and on track to receive the LLM degree before starting the SJD program.
  • Have completed a JD degree in the United States, or be currently enrolled in a JD program and on track to receive the JD degree before starting the SJD program.

All applicants must show strong evidence of scholarly research and writing abilities.