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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:

  • must be a current undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Iowa, 
  • have at least a 3.5 GPA (through six semesters of academic work) or be in the top ten percent of the class, and
  • score in the top 85th percentile of the ACT, SAT, GMAT, or GRE.

This program is governed by recently promulgated ABA Standards and Interpretations, specifically, pursuant to Interpretation 503-3 (See


  1. Apply online through Law School Admissions Council. The application deadline is May 1.
  2. Submit Letters of Recommendation. You must 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. 
  3. Submit Official Transcripts.
  4. Submit Résumé.
  5. Submit Alternative Standardized Test Score.
  6. Submit Certificate of Interest Form. This form is available through LSAC.