Juris Doctor Program

Academics at Iowa Law


We use multiple criteria to determine whether to admit an applicant to the College of Law. Two criteria of particular importance are the undergraduate academic record and performance on the Law School Admissions Test. The Admissions Committee recognizes, however, that there are circumstances in which numerical criteria do not accurately reflect an applicant's potential. Therefore, we have developed an admissions policy to evaluate an applicant's total suitability for admission.

Candidates wishing to call the committee's attention to any relevant factors may do so via their personal statement, a separate statement, résumé, letters of recommendation, or other documentation included with their application.

Applicants for admission to the University of Iowa College of Law must complete all requirements for the baccalaureate degree before beginning law school. In addition, the baccalaureate degree must be earned from an undergraduate institution that is accredited by an agency recognized by the Department of Education.

Iowa strongly endorses three basic objectives recommended by a committee of the Association of American Law Schools: education for comprehension and expression in words; education for a critical understanding of the human institutions and value with which the law deals; and education for greater power in thinking. Anyone thinking of attending law school should keep these objectives in mind while planning an undergraduate course of study.

Admission to State Bar: Character and Fitness Requirements [pdf]
Applicants for admission to a state bar will undergo an extensive evaluation to determine whether they have the character and fitness required for the practice of law.  For this reason, both the College of Law and the American Bar Association (ABA) encourage all applicants to “determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which [applicants intend] to practice” before they matriculate to law school. (ABA Standard 504(a).) 

Student Body
Information on the current student body is available at: http://www.law.uiowa.edu/about/statistics.php.

February 2014 is the last test date the College of Law will accept for applicants seeking admission to the 2014 entering class. However, we recommend that you consider the October or December 2013 LSAT as the last practical test date to allow you sufficient time to prepare your application and evaluate your options because  many law schools do not accept the February LSAT and  it may take up to four weeks from the date we make a request for the official CAS report to arrive at the law school. Your application file cannot be reviewed without the official CAS report.

If you have taken the LSAT more than once, the Admissions Committee uses the higher of the scores.  

Outside organizations may offer scholarships for costs associated with taking the LSAT.  For further information about one of these opportunities, please click here.

Preference to Residents
Some preference is given to Iowa residents. The Admissions Committee seeks to create an entering class that is comprised of approximately 50 percent Iowa residents. For information on resident status classification, please see the University Registrar's web site.

Undergraduate Institutions
No preference is given to undergraduate students from the University of Iowa. We accept students from a wide variety of undergraduate institutions - roughly 100 different institutions in a typical year. The Admissions Committee does not give more weight to applications from the University of Iowa students.

Career Services 
The Office of Career Services is staffed with experienced professionals who offer students numerous career counseling and job search services throughout the year.  For more information, please visit the Career Services page.

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