Iowa Law’s 3 + 3 Program allows eligible undergraduates at partner institutions to apply to law school in their junior year. Students admitted under the program fulfill their senior year of undergraduate credits through the successful completion of their first year law school courses, allowing them to graduate with both a bachelor’s and law degree in just six years, saving a year of tuition and related costs.


Pursuant to Iowa Law’s 3 + 3 policy, an applicant must be in his or her junior year at an undergraduate institution with which Iowa Law has a 3 + 3 agreement.  Applicants must also meet his or her undergraduate institution’s criteria for eligibility. Each undergraduate institution determines which majors and programs are eligible for participation. 

Application Requirements

In addition to being an eligible junior at one of Iowa Law’s partner institutions, applicants must take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), complete the law school application, and submit a certification of eligibility from their current schools. Applicants can request the certification form from the contact person at their institution as listed above. 3 + 3 candidates are considered alongside Iowa Law’s regular pool of applicants.

Applicants to the 3 + 3 program are encouraged to take the LSAT in October or December and apply in January after their fall grades are available. However, later applications, including those from June LSAT-takers, will be considered.

Note to international applicants regarding current U.S. work eligibility requirement:

  • All applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. OR be a current member of a U.S. bar association.
  • Student visas such as F-1 and J-1 do not meet the work eligibility requirement.
  • Exceptions to the work eligibility requirement are rarely made. Those wishing to have an application reviewed who do not meet this requirement must include an addendum to their application providing relevant details.


Students admitted under the 3 + 3 program will pay tuition only to Iowa Law.

Next Steps

Students at partner institutions should talk to their school’s 3 + 3 advisor to determine their eligibility. Contact your advisor early in your college career to allow time to meet your school’s requirements. You should also learn more about Iowa Law by attending one of our Explore Iowa Law open houses, scheduling a personal visit, or attending a recruiting event. During your junior year, you will take the LSAT and submit your law school application along with the certificate of eligibility from your school.


Questions about the 3 + 3 program can be directed to your school’s 3 + 3 advisor. You can also contact Iowa Law’s Admissions Office for general information or to schedule a visit.