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Every August, Iowa Law welcomes its incoming students during Orientation.  Orientation takes place the week before classes begin and is a wonderful time to settle in to life at Iowa Law. Highlights include welcomes from the Iowa State Bar, an afternoon of service, and ample opportunities to get familiar with the Boyd Law Building and your classmates. 

Preparing for Law School

Congratulations on your decision to study law.  You are about to embark on an intellectually transformative endeavor that offers you a lifetime of personal and professional rewards.  In and out of the classroom, you will learn to think, analyze, speak, and write as an effective lawyer—talents that you can bring with you not only to the practice of law, but to a wide range of careers, including in government, business, and the nonprofit sector.  The capacities of an effective attorney are not easily obtained, but you will have them by the time you leave our doors.

Academic Achievement Program

The College's Academic Achievement Program ("AAP") helps students make the most of their potential through the development of the academic skills necessary to succeed in law school. AAP serves all law students, with a special emphasis on helping first-year students as they make the transition from successful undergraduate careers to the unique challenge of law study.  AAP coordinates programs on legal study skills and exam-taking as part of the First Year Core Series. In the spring semester, AAP convenes a voluntary small-group workshop series for first-year students.