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Juris Doctor (JD)

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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.

Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

All applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) administered by LSAC no later than June of the year for which they are applying. Please keep in mind that Iowa is on a rolling admission so early applications are highly encouraged. 

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 LSAC as part of the CAS subscription.

Submit Transcripts

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.

English Requirements

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.

Important Dates

  • Starting Sept. 1, Application for Admission Accepted
  • December, Recommended Last LSAT Test
  • Starting Oct. 1, Submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • January 15, Recommended Submission Date for Scholarhip Opportunities
  • 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. 19-23, 2019, Mandatory Orientation Week and Registration for Fall Entrants
  • Aug. 26, 2019, 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. We encourage you to submit your application no later than January 15 for the following reasons:
    • There is still room in entering class;
    • It allows time to resolve logistical issues;
    • Gives you more time to consider your options; and
    • Scholarship money will likely be available.
  • 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 letters of recommendation. It may take a few days to process your application after we receive it.
  • Application Deadline: The deadline for applying is May 1. 
  • 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.

Selection Process

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 Enrollment Management, 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.

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