Student Experience

So you have one year of law school now under your belt. You've figured out the best study spots in Boyd Law Building and you know your way around the Law Library, so what's next? The second year of law school is the time where students become student leaders.

Areas of Study

In your second year, you’ll begin to gravitate toward the areas that interest you most. Our faculty are experts across the legal spectrum, and every aspect of modern law practice is covered, including international and comparative law.

Courses and Curriculum   Areas of Study

Law Journals

The College of Law is pleased to be home to four student-edited journals. A majority of Iowa students write for a journal during their second year of law school and many of them accept board positions during their third year.  


Equally important to students’ success as professionals is what they learn through practical legal experiences. Externships, a staple of the law school experience, offer students the opportunity to explore legal career options, obtain practical legal skills, and begin developing a network.  The Career Services office works closely with students to secure externships that will help launch their careers and meet their long-term career goals. Students typically intern in a variety of locations and settings throughout the country and even around the world.  

Externships are the best preparation for your career, and a great way to make professional contacts. In fact, many students’ first job after graduating is one that began as an externship.

More Information about Externships