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Get to Know … Jeffrey Critchlow, 3L

Jeffrey Critchlow, 3L
Carlisle, Iowa

The United States Air Force asks its recruits to “aim high.” That’s just what Jeffrey Critchlow has been doing since high school.

The Carlisle, Iowa, native said he knew since his sophomore year in high school that he wanted to join the Air Force. It was there that he developed his passion for law, he says.

“As a member of the Air Force, we take an oath to support and defend the Constitution and I decided there is no better way to support and defend the Constitution than doing so through the law,” Critchlow says. “I decided to attend law school to enable me to become an Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG) and protect the judicial system.”

Critchlow says his proudest academic achievement was being accepted to the University of Iowa College of Law. His time at Iowa has provided him with other opportunities to succeed, including being selected for the National Moot Court Team and a member of the Iowa Law Review Editorial Board.

“I have enjoyed my time at Iowa,” he says. “I have been able to get to know a lot of students better and the teachers have been great. Moreover, the various opportunities to work on a law review journal, participate in appellate advocacy and to work with a professor as a research assistant are incredible.”

Critchlow has enjoyed many opportunities outside of the classroom, as well. During the summer of 2017, he interned with the Air Force in the Grand Forks, North Dakota, Air Force Base legal office. This past spring, Critchlow completed an externship with the Criminal Appeals Division of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office in Des Moines. Most recently, Critchlow returned to the Air Force as an intern this summer at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland in the Appellate Defense Division.

During his time at Iowa Law, Critchlow has been a student writer for Iowa Law Review and will be on the Editorial Board this year. He participated in Appellate Advocacy I & II, volunteered at the Johnson County foodbank and volunteered with the VITA program as a greeter to assist low-income individuals with their tax returns.

Critchlow says his biggest takeaway from law school has been to ask questions, especially when it comes to course material.

“The sooner you ask for help, the quicker you can start understanding the rest of the material, which builds on all the previous material,” he says.

After graduation, Critchlow says he’ll relax for a few days, take the Bar Exam and then go wherever the Air Force sends him.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work other Airmen and the opportunity to experience different areas of the United States and potentially the world as a member of the Air Force,” he says.

Jeffrey Critchlow