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Degree Overview

According to ABA data for the class of 2015, Iowa Law ranks among the top schools for placing the highest percentage of graduates from our three-year Juris Doctor Program in full-time, long-term jobs that require bar passage.

The first year of the Iowa Law program offers the personal connection and attention you need to develop a strong intellectual foundation for legal thinking and writing. We have one of the lowest student-faculty ratios of any law school. Our professors take pride in having an open-door policy, and in modeling the kind of highly collaborative, rigorously professional behavior that prepares you to serve as counselor to your clients. You’ll also get intensive, individualized instruction from our legal writing faculty—Iowa is one of the few law schools in the nation with a full-time faculty dedicated solely to your growth as a legal writer. 

In your second and third years, you can focus on the areas of law that most interest you, drawing from a rich menu of mainstream, specialized, and clinical courses. A wide array of opportunities provides experiential learning: moot court competitions, our Clinical Law Program where students take the lead in real cases, or writing for one of the school's four student-run scholarly journals. Our externship program provides a wide range of placements while you’re still in law school: our students have worked in U.S. District Courts, legal aid centers, federal public defenders’ offices, and NGO around the world. You may also add distinction to your résumé by participating in study-abroad or exchange programs.