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Come to Iowa: The Home of Presidential Politics

Vote Iowa Project

Iowa's location as first in the nation makes it an important place to be, especially in a caucus year. At Iowa Law, we are excited to offer ways for our students to learn more about the process, people, and politics during caucus season and beyond. Here are a few upcoming things we have planned. We'll add more to this space as details are finalized.

The Caucus Process

If you are not from Iowa or have never experienced a Caucus firsthand, you might be wondering what the hype is all about. Check out this video to learn more:


For a look inside a live caucus, take a look at:

Student Mentorship

We know that access and connections to current students are important. Our student mentorship program matches admitted students with current students based on commonalities of interest and background. If you are interested in being matched, please send an e-mail to our Director of Admissions, Amy Best, and she'll get you connected.

Alumni Network

Because of the Iowa connection, many of our alumni play important roles in campaigns in Iowa and in DC. Our alumni are always happy to connect with current and prospective students in person in Iowa City or wherever you may be. (To learn more about where our alumni live and work, take a look at this interactive map that we've been building. If you have a few minutes, you can also take a look at this First Iowa, Then Anywhere video, which tells our alumni network story.) Our alumni visit campus regularly to take part in classes, programs, reunions, board meetings and more. If you want to start to build your network, our Alumni Relations staff is also happy to help you. Contact Jill De Young to get started.

Upcoming Programs

  • Levitt Lecture: Van Jones, September 10, 2019, Hancher Auditorium (contact Jill De Young for details)
  • Vote Iowa Project Bootcamp: October 5, 2019, Boyd Law Building, details tbd

Past Programs

  • Levitt Lecture: Presidential Scholar Doris Kearns Goodwin, April 17, 2019, Hancher Auditorium
  • The Future of US Politics: Looking Ahead to 2020 presented by the Public Policy Center, March 27, 2019, The Englert Theatre
  • Federal Indian Policy: What Indian Country Should Expect from the Presidential Candidates, March 1, 2019, Room 225, Boyd Law Building
  • Webinar on the Iowa Caucus, February 5, (contact Amy Best for a link to the recording)