Friday, January 27, 2023

This page will be used to share announcements for the College of Law community. If you have an announcement to add to the page, please contact law-welcome@uiowa.edu.


Announcements by Department

 

Admissions Office

  • Admitted Student Outreach
    • The Admissions Office is seeking current student volunteers to assist with admitted student outreach. Admitted students are always thrilled to connect with current students and learn more about what makes Iowa Law a special place. Please fill out the following survey to sign up to contact admitted students. Please contact Amy Best with any questions at amy-best@uiowa.edu.

Career Services Office

Citizen Lawyer Program

  • Adjusted Boyd Service Award requirements for 2022 and 2023 graduates
    • As a reminder, variances adopted in the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters reduced the career hours required for Boyd Service Award recognition for certain students. For most 2022 and 2023 graduates, the levels of distinction for the Boyd Service Award are adjusted to 90% of the guideline career hours as detailed here.

  • Office Hours
    • Citizen Lawyer Program will hold office hours on Tuesdays from 11:00-1:00 p.m. in the BLB lobby.

  • Reporting Service Hours  
    • All Iowa Law students are encouraged to record all hours spent in public service while they are enrolled at Iowa Law via Symplicity. Details and a guide to reporting hours can be found here.

Courses and Curriculum

  • Hey Students! The Stephenson Competition is back, and we have two spots left!

  • Participation in the Competition is preceded by a five-session advanced trial advocacy class in addition to completing the Competition trials. This class will satisfy one of the required six experiential units needed for the JD. For questions regarding the class, please reach out to Professor Allen or Vaneza Taylor-Vazquez (Stephenson Coordinator).

    • Vaneza Taylor-Vazquez & Rachel Conley 

    • Stephenson Coordinators

Childcare Resources

General/Informational
Subsidy Program
Additional Information/Resources

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

  • Across the Aisle is back! Our first topic is affirmative action. Participants will pair up over the lunch hour to discuss their views after introductory remarks by Professor Andrew Jordan. The event will take place on Monday February 13, from 12:45-1:45 in room 235. Lunch will be provided. 

Exams 

Final Exam Rescheduling and Accommodations

  • Take note of how to purchase and download your Examplify program for this year’s final exams if you know your professor is using Examplify. 
  • Dean Crain sent out an email reminder regarding how to request an extra time accommodation.  Instructions for this process are also included on the same Exam Information webpage.

Feel free to reach out to Assistant Registrar sara-k-clark@uiowa.edu if you encounter any difficulties. 

Helix Bar Review by AccessLex
  • AccessLex is excited to announce the release of Helix MPRE! Entire free and entirely online, Helix MPRE includes
    • 12-section outlines
    • 20 topic-specific videos
    • flashcards
    • 2 simulated practice exams + MORE

Facilities

Law Library
  • The Law Library is currently experiencing facilities issues on the 3rd floor. We are hoping the west side of the 3rd floor will have fully functioning lights again by the end of the day. The cause of the on-going issues with leaks on the 3rd floor are being investigated in order to properly address the issue. It is likely that area of the 3rd floor will be impacted for the next several weeks. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jennifer Mart-Rice, Assistant Director for Access & Collections in the Law Library.
Parking

Reminder that the UI is tobacco free meaning cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vape pens and other tobacco products are prohibited.

Building Hours

  • Starting the week of Jan 30th, the BLB building hours will change to:
    • Mon: 6:00am - midnight
    • Tues: 6:00am - midnight
    • Wed: 6:00am - midnight
    • Thur: 6:00am - midnight
    • Fri: 6:00am – 9:00pm
    • Sat: 6:00am – 9:00pm
    • Sun: 6:00am – midnight

Field Placement Programs

Financial Aid

Scholarships
  • Check back soon for upcoming scholarship deadlines!
Academic Year Tuition and Fees
  • The College of Law considers 10 hours a semester to be a full-time academic course load, though many students choose to take more. If you take 12 hours or more in a given semester, you will be billed at the 12-hour rate, with correspondingly lower costs for 10 or 11 hours.
  • August intersession classes are considered part of your fall hours. January & May intersession classes are considered part of your spring hours. Tuition and Fees Rate Table  
  • No matter how many credit hours you take in a given semester, your living expenses (room and board, personal, transportation) will be calculated the same for purposes of financial aid. Only the calculation for books will be adjusted according to the number of hours for which you are registered.
  • If you plan to be registered for fewer than 12 hours for the semester, please contact Jessica Diers at jessica-diers@uiowa.edu after you register as your financial aid budget will need to be revised. If you plan to study off campus and be registered at another law school, please contact Jessica as well.
Hours Mismatch Hold of Financial Aid 
  • Your spring financial aid will be on hold until your financial aid award hours and your registration hours are the same. If you plan to be registered for fewer than 12 hours for the semester, please contact Jessica Diers at law-financialaid@uiowa.edu after you register as your financial aid budget will need to be revised.

Taxpayer Information

  • Information for Taxpayers Regarding Higher Education Tax Credits
    • The 1098-T will be available to print in MyUI. The form will contain information reported to the Internal Revenue Service: student name, address, social security number, whether in a grad program, if enrolled half time or more, the amount of qualified expenses paid in the calendar year (box 1) and the amount of gift aid received (box 5). To access 1098-T information simply login to MyUI, select the Financial Aid & Billing link, then select the Hope 1098-T Tax Information link. 
  • Information for Taxpayers Regarding Year-End Tax Form (W-2)

Special Announcements

Student Organizations

Student Resources

Academic Success

Writing Center

University Counseling Services at the College of Law
  • The College of Law is pleased to introduce Sam Ramsey, a Social Work Graduate student, who will be working with Jaret Morlan, our resident mental health therapist, to provide clinical and supportive services to law students through the 2022-2023 school year. Sam has begun seeing clients and looks forward to working with more as the school year progresses. Here is a little bit about Sam, in her own words, and a few facts about her and her previous work.
  • “I am studying to be a therapist because I find people fascinating. I believe that no human is fully knowable by another; there is always more to explore. I also believe in the power of a client-directed, strengths-based approach to therapy. I enjoy collaborating with clients to find individualized and creative strategies that move them closer to achieving their goals. I am especially interested in goals related to identity, relationships, spirituality/religion, contentment, self-love and self-confidence, and healing from past experiences.  No two individuals’ experiences are the same, even if their identities overlap. While it is so important to acknowledge how systemic forces shape the lives of people who have non-dominant identities, I believe it is also important to allow space for a variety of individual experiences, opinions, and emotions within that larger context. My primary outreach interests revolve around empowering people to make meaningful connections with others, no matter what the social “rules” say. I am also passionate about my volunteer work with older adults who have Parkinson’s Disease. This group has taught me countless lessons about community, perseverance, and humility.”
    • She/they
    • Grew up in Grinnell, IA
    • BA in environmental studies from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN
    • Almost went to law school, but did technical environmental engineering work for 5 years instead
    • Now a social work master’s student at U of I
    • Primary clinical interests are university students (might do a PhD someday) and queer individuals
    • Hobbies include boxing, learning the drums, tending my many houseplants, walking and cuddling my dog, hiking, and camping
Here is a picture of Sam
Kognito - Suicide Prevention
  • At the University of Iowa, we’ve partnered with Kognito, an on-line training program to give you skills to help your friends, family, students, colleagues, peers or anyone who is struggling or in a situation where they might be contemplating suicide.  This training can be found at the following link: https://mentalhealth.uiowa.edu/kognito

  • We’re also concerned about your mental health and well-being. It’s important to take care of yourself too. For many, the pandemic exacerbated feelings of isolation, burnout or work/life imbalance. We also offer many campus-wide mental health and well-being services, from on-line and in-person counseling to a 24 hour, 7-day-a-week phone – text - or chat line for students in crisis, as well as assistance with basic needs like food, clothing, and housing.  If you are in need, please Call or Text:  844-461-5460.

  • So, if you or someone you know needs help, please reach out. If we as Hawkeyes are thoughtful and intentional in our efforts, we can strengthen mental health and we can help prevent suicide on our campus and in our communities.   

  • To hear President Wilson's encouragement for the above services and trainings, please feel free to watch the below video messages: Student audience: https://youtu.be/vqwZ8n4OLOM - Faculty/staff audience: https://youtu.be/tQ23-LsND3s

You matter in suicide prevention. Start the conversation today: counseling.uiowa.edu/Kognito.