All students admitted to the College of Law are automatically considered for Merit Scholarships, Law Foundation Scholarships, and Law Opportunity Fellowships. A separate application is not required. Recipients are notified by letter.
These awards are based on academic achievement. Awards range up to full tuition, with a research-assistantship component in upper-level years. Renewal for the second and third year of merit scholarships requires that the scholarship recipient remain in good academic and professional standing at the College of Law. Good academic standing requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.1 or above. Good professional standing requires ethical and responsible conduct as a member of the law school community in accordance with University and law school policies.
Law Foundation Scholarships
Iowa Law enjoys a robust scholarship program thanks, in part, to the generosity of our alumni and friends through the Iowa Law School Foundation. During your first year, we will provide you with more details about the people and funds behind your scholarship. You will be asked to write of letter of thanks to the donors responsible for your scholarship. We will work with you to coordinate that effort during your time at Iowa Law.
Law Opportunity Fellowships
The College of Law is committed to affording opportunities for legal careers to persons historically underrepresented in the legal profession. The Law Opportunity Fellowship Program was established by the University to provide access to law school for students from groups and backgrounds historically underrepresented within the legal community. Among the criteria considered in awarding the fellowships are educationally and/or socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds and academic merit. Awards range up to full tuition, with a research-assistantship component in upper-level years. Renewal for the second and third year requires that the fellowship recipient remain in good academic and professional standing at the College of Law. Good academic standing requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.1 or above. Good professional standing requires ethical and responsible conduct as a member of the law school community in accordance with University and law school policies.
ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund The scholarship fund will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. Twenty awards will be made to first-year students and may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during each student's time in law school. For more information and to apply, visit ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund.
Public Interest Grants and Scholarships
- The Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) summer stipend program has been in existence for more than 15 years. This summer stipend program is intended to help current students contribute their time and legal skills in their summer breaks to people who normally would not have access to legal advocacy. The Iowa Law School Foundation matches the funds raised each year by the EJF students through book sales, a law school auction, a chili cook-off and LawLawPalooza. The selection process and applications are handled by EJF. For details, see the Summer Grants web page.
- The Public Interest Summer Internship Class of 1998 Fund was established by the Class of 1998 to support students who pursue summer internships at public interest organizations. Recipients must be currently enrolled law students and must demonstrate procurement of summer employment in public interest law, an area that includes Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) entities, government agencies, and advocacy groups. Projected summer employment compensation must be either low or unpaid. The applicant’s level of need and the intensity of commitment to public interest law are the primary criteria for selection. Academic achievement will not be considered a factor. A committee of faculty and staff selects recipients. For details, see the Summer Grants web page.
- The Public Interest Law Award was established in 1988 by the classes of 1987 and 1988 to honor and support law school graduates who choose to enter the field of public interest law. Eligible recipients must have more than $5,000 in student loan debt and demonstrate the procurement of employment in public interest law, an area that includes but is not limited to legal assistance groups, public defenders offices, special interest and minority group advocates, and civil liberties unions. The recipient's starting and projected average annual salary derived from the employment described above must be less than 125 percent of the "standard maintenance allowance (SMA)." Recipients are selected by a committee comprised of a member of the establishing class, faculty and staff. Applications are made the summer after graduation (Public Interest Law Award Application 2015-2016).
- Public Interest Law Foundation Grant was established to encourage and support students engaged in public interest legal work, in 1995 the Iowa Law Foundation Board, at the recommendation of students and faculty, agreed that $20,000 of annual spendable earnings from non-restricted endowed scholarship accounts be awarded in the form of grants to 3-5 third-year students. The recipients must have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing public interest work and have substantial indebtedness from student loans. If a recipient of this grant does not procure employment in public interest work, the grant converts to a loan under the same terms of the Iowa Law School Foundation Loan program. A committee of faculty and staff selects recipients. (Public Interest Law Foundation Grant Application 2015-2016)
Questions and inquiries?
Please include your name, phone number, and student ID number with any financial aid correspondence:
Office of Financial Aid
University of Iowa College of Law
276 Boyd Law Building
Iowa City, IA 52242-1113