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Field Placement Programs

Legal employers expect law graduates to have the knowledge and skills necessary to be competent and ethical lawyers.  In Iowa’s classrooms, law students master legal subjects and practice problem solving, analytical and writing skills. 

Equally important to students’ success as professionals is what they learn through practical legal experiences. Iowa offers its students many such opportunities: volunteer legal placements with government, legal aid and nonprofits through the Citizen Lawyer Program; regional and national competitions for moot court, intellectual property, arbitration and trial advocacy; and a high-credit legal clinic where students represent clients under close faculty supervision in a law firm setting.

Iowa’s Field Placement Program offers quality educational experiences that involve students in the performance of legal work in government or non-profit agencies, criminal prosecution or defense offices, state and federal judges’ chambers, international law offices and agencies, as well as in a limited number of private practice and corporate settings. In addition to earning credit for their field work, students in field placements participate in a class or tutorial, led by a faculty member, designed to maximize and supplement the experiential learning.

PDF iconField Placement Course Offerings

National and International Field Placements 

The law school offers a menu of for-credit externships, advertised through its Career Services Office. Students may also apply to get credit for externships that they locate on their own. After completing two semesters, Iowa law students may participate in externships for credit part-time during the regular school year; full-time, semester-away from the law school; or externships during the summer. A PDF iconpartial list of recent externships in all three categories demonstrates the wide range of externships types and their geographical locations. 

Information About Externships for Current Students

All registered law students have access to complete information about Iowa’s Field Placement Programs through ICON, Iowa’s classroom platform. Regular postings in This Week at Iowa Law (TWIL) and Symplicity (through Career Services) keep students up-to-date about externships opportunities and selection processes. Students are advised to plan ahead for high-credit, semester away externships. Questions should be directed to

Summer Externships for Credit

On ICON’s on-going course page, students will find application forms for their student-generated, summer externships. The application deadline for summer is April 1, but early applications are strongly encouraged. Contact for more information.     

Field Placement Policy

Here is the faculty’s PDF iconpolicy governing for-credit Field Placements.

Questions and other requests for information can be directed to:

June T. Tai
Director of Field Placement Programs
490 BLB
University of Iowa College of Law
Iowa City, IA 52242