The College's Academic Success Program ("ASP") helps students hone the academic skills necessary to succeed in law school. ASP serves all law students, with a special emphasis on helping first-year students transition from successful undergraduate careers to the unique challenge of law study. ASP offers programs on legal study skills and exam-taking, as well as providing students access to other resources to support their academic skills. In the spring semester, ASP offers a small-group workshop series for first-year students.
Students may request individual appointments with Dawn Anderson, professor of Legal Analysis Writing & Research and Director of the Writing & Academic Success Center. Students can discuss academic-related questions or concerns with Professor Anderson. She helps law students consider effective strategies in areas such as reading efficiently, preparing for class, taking effective notes, outlining, time and stress management, preparing for exams, and exam review strategies. In addition, she can refer students to campus and community resources when appropriate.
Many resources are available to Iowa law students through the Writing & Academic Success Center ICON site https://uiowa.instructure.com/courses/154806. Current Iowa law students can access workshops Professor Anderson has offered, reviews of law school guide books, links to study aids the library has subscribed to, writing resources, and more.
Academic Success Program
The University of Iowa College of Law
480 Boyd Law Building
Iowa City, IA 52242
The Citizen Lawyer Program exists to advance Iowa Law's teaching and service missions. It is a teaching platform for students to develop the knowledge, values, and skills that are central to law as a professional calling. By offering a wide variety of opportunities for pro bono work, community service, and programs about legal issues, skills, and values, CLP extends students' education beyond the classroom while engaging them directly in the College's mission of public service.
Classroom Technology offers numerous services to students, faculty, and staff for instructional purposes at The University of Iowa College of Law.
•Recording Classes, Skill Exercises, Special Events and Other Projects
•Training on Portable and Installed Educational Technology Equipment
•Training on Public Address Systems
•Video and Sound Equipment for Special Events
Recording Classes and Events
Subject to the College of Law's General Policy on Recording Classes for Students, Video Operations (VO) may video record classes, skill exercises, and events for students. Students must comply with their instructors' or organizations' policies and with VO procedures for requesting and using this service to assure proper, effective use of service. Recordings are available until the Professor removes access.
The Classroom Technology department also has several "Flip" cameras available for checkout for Law Events and Classes. To check out cameras, visit the staff in room 110 or e-mail us.
Class Recordings Using Panopto (UI Capture)
UI Capture is supported by Learning Spaces Technology (LST) group. UI Capture recordings are made by student volunteers enrolled in the course and every class is recorded unless otherwise requested by the Professor. Panopto recordings are available online here. For more information on Accessing Panopto Courses, see this handout.
Please note, some professors do not allow recording of their class and other restrict access to their recordings until you have obtained their permission. Please consult your course syllabus for additional information on your Professor's recording policy.
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Office of Financial Aid
University of Iowa College of Law
276 Boyd Law Building
Iowa City, IA 52242-1113
After completing the set of required first-year courses, students at Iowa plan their own courses of study from a rich menu of mainstream, specialized, and clinical offerings. Upper-class students at the college register for classes using myUI.
The Fall 2020 Course lists and further information can be found here.
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Fall 2020 Exams
Be sure to read the Examination Policy in the Student Handbook. Any student whose situation matches one of those for which make-ups are allowed under this policy must initiate a request using the request form.
See the Policy on Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (XIV of the Academic Policies and Procedures) and Policy on accommodations for students with limited English proficiency (VII.B. of the Academic Policies and Procedures) in the Student Handbook and Dean Crain’s memo on Accommodations for Disabled Students.
Students wishing to initiate a request for an exam accommodation may do so using the request form.
Field Placements, also referred to as externships, are one of the College of Law's experiential learning programs. The College recognizes the critical importance of experiential learning in creating opportunities for students to exercise and develop judgment, practical knowledge, professional skills and professional identity. Externships involve the performance of legal tasks in a professional setting. For more information on the Field Placement Program please see here.
The College of Law Bookstore in the Boyd Law Building (Room 218, 319-335-9053) carries all required legal texts, supplements, and Iowa Law merchandise. Its regular, academic-year hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, Monday through Friday. During book rush, the hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Monday through Friday) and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. (weekends).
TEXTBOOK INFORMATION NOTICE: The textbook and resource information is now a function of MyUI. Simply click on the Textbooks & Resources link here to be taken to your customized list. You can also find this link within MyUI under Student Information>Course & Grades Section>Textbooks & Resources.
Individual textbook and resource information can also be found within each course listing page on MyUI.
Visit the Iowa Law Bookstore page for more information.
Pro Bono Society
The Pro Bono Society is a law student group that emphasizes the importance of public service and volunteerism in the legal profession. In addition, the Pro Bono Society serves as a vehicle to assist law students seeking to earn the Boyd Service Award. Membership is an earned honor that signifies an objectively measured commitment to serving others during the school year, as well as the development of skills and values important to a life of public service in the tradition of pro bono publico.
To obtain membership, students must be enrolled full time at the University of Iowa College of Law, be in good standing, and have completed one semester of coursework. Students also must complete a minimum of 15 Boyd Service Hours per semester, at least 7.5 of which must be Community Hours, and must have attended one program in the Lawyers and Leaders Series in the semester prior to the semester in which they seek to obtain member status. To maintain membership status, students must continue to complete 15 Boyd Service Hours, be on track to earn the Boyd Service Award, and attend one Lawyers and Leaders program each semester. Further information about these requirements is available in the Pro Bono Society Constitution.
The Pro Bono Society Executive Board invites those law students who meet the minimum membership requirements to submit an application for membership. Invitations and applications will be delivered to students following verification of Boyd Service Hours once each semester. Invitations for the semester will be delivered no later than the second week of the following semester. Completed applications must be returned by 5 pm on the second Monday following the issuing of invitations. Membership will be approved by a majority vote of the executive board within two weeks of this application deadline. Members will be notified of their selection by e-mail on or before 5 pm on the Friday following executive board approval.
Boyd Service Award
The Boyd Service Award is a recognition earned by students who show a commitment to community service. It is named for Professor and President Emeritus Willard "Sandy" Boyd. The Boyd Service Award is awarded to law students at the completion of their studies in recognition of service throughout their law school careers. Recipients receive a certificate and wear cords during the graduation ceremony. Receiving the Boyd Service Award is the only way to wear cords at graduation.
To recognize law students who provide volunteer services to charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental and educational organizations in furtherance of those organizations' missions to improve the community.
The level of distinction is based on the number of volunteer hours completed during a student's entire law school career, with the guidelines as follows:
- Honors: 100 hours total (at least 50 of community service)
- High Honors: 150 hours total (at least 75 of community service)
- Highest Honors: 200 hours (at least 100 of community service)
The requirements for the Boyd Service Award are governed by the Pro Bono Society Constitution.
All service hours are divided into two groups: community hours and institutional hours. At least half of the minimum number of required service hours completed must be community hours. Community Hours are those hours which directly benefit recognized community organizations or non-profits, including pro bono projects coordinated by Citizen Lawyer Program. Students may perform community hours, subject to the following restrictions:
- all service must be voluntary, uncompensated, and not compelled.
- this section of service includes political activity, but self-campaigning is excluded.
- this section includes law school-sponsored events that directly benefit recognized community organizations or non-profits (excluding "tabling").
All service hours are recorded via Symplicity.
Instructions on how to property report hours in Symplicity can be found here.
A law research assistant (LRA) position is an opportunity for a law student to work 10 hours per week with a member of the law school faculty. Under current University of Iowa practice, LRAs are entitled to the following benefits: resident tuition, a small stipend, and subsidized health insurance.
More information on the assistantship program can be found here.
The Summer Grant Program is designed to ease the financial burden of University of Iowa law students working in unpaid summer positions. For more information see the Summer Grant Program page.
The Writing and Academic Success Center serves as an extension of the classroom and of the first-year Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research Program. The Center staff meets with students on course assignments, journal articles, writing samples, and the like, providing feedback on organization, clarity, style, citation, and grammar. The Center staff can also refer students to other resources to help them achieve their writing goals. The Center offers a variety of appointments to meet student needs, including thirty-minute tutoring sessions, drop-in tutoring sessions, and drop-in citation services. The Center is staffed by Dawn Anderson, Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing & Research and Director of the Writing and Academic Success Center, and four upper-level students trained to give students feedback on their writing. If you have questions, email the Writing Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Writing & Academic Success Center ICON site to access many writing resources.
Legal Writing Competitions
There are more than 150 legal writing competitions hosted around the country each year. A wide range of companies, organizations, and law schools sponsor these competitions, which usually focus on a particular topic or practice area. Prizes range from cash to travel to publication of the winning papers.
For up-to-date lists of current legal writing competitions, including deadlines and prizes (some upwards of $20,000), visit the following sites:
For many years, the Writing Center has kept track of legal writing competitions around the country, posting them on our website and on the bulletin outside room 480.
At least two websites now provide more extensive portals to the competitions than the Writing Center has been able to compile. iCompete Writing, for example, created and hosted by Suffolk University in Boston, displays the competitions by topic or by the month of the submission deadline. Each entry displays the name of the competition, its deadline, the prizes, and a link to an official page with more information.
Similarly, the Legal Essay Contest Catalog of Richmond School of Law filters by categories, prize amount, and deadline, with convenient links to the various competition websites.
In light of the easy access these sites provide, the Writing Center will step back from compiling our own listing. From time to time, we will feature selected competitions, such as those sponsored by Iowa Law journals. Otherwise, we urge you to visit the sites above to learn about the many legal writing competitions around the country—and the corresponding publication possibilities and prize money.
The following are useful links for writers of legal and non-legal documents alike.
Blue Book Citation
Another Dictionary (with grammar and "word of the day")
Common Errors in English
Strunk and White Manual
The Writing Resource Center provides helpful handouts on topics such as: Case Synthesis, Memo v. Brief, IRAC, Résumé/Cover Letters, Plagiarism, That/Which, Passive Voice, Top Ten Errors, and the Bluebook. These handouts provide legal writers with excellent information about getting started and writing well.
Director: Dawn Barker Anderson
The center is open 9 - 4:30 Monday-Thursday, and 9 - 4 Friday throughout the academic year. The Center is located on the fourth floor of the Boyd Law Building in room 480.
Writing Resource Center
University of Iowa College of Law
Iowa City, IA 52242
In commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the College of Law and the UI Center for Human Rights welcomes Iowa Representative Ras Smith to speak on January 29 at 12:40 PM. Join the event at: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/99114585318 All are welcome to attend; prior registration is not required. Representative Ras Smith represents Iowa House District 62, which includes Waterloo, Elk Run Heights, Evansdale, and Raymond. Smith, a Waterloo native, is the son of L.C. and the Rev. Dr. Belinda…
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Let us be the first to congratulate you on your upcoming graduation! Your 3L year can be a whirlwind, so let us help you get a head start. Check out our Pre-Graduation Checklist to make sure you are meeting deadlines, and see the Office of the Registrar to request your transcripts.
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