JD Program Application Checklist

Academics at Iowa Law

The following items are required for applications to the University of Iowa College of Law.



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When you're ready, use the link below to see the various options for applying to the UI College of Law.

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  • Register for Credential Assembly Service (CAS, LSAC)

The College of Law participates in the Credential Assembly Services (CAS) and requires its prospective students to register for this service through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). LSAC exists to serve both the law schools and the candidates for admission. It takes approximately three weeks for CAS reports to arrive at the College after we have requested them.

CAS Web Site
LSAC Web Site

  • Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

All applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) administered by LSAC no later than February of the year for which they are applying. Please keep in mind that  it takes roughly three weeks for the LSAC to issue test results and roughly another three to four weeks for the CAS report (with the LSAT test score) to arrive at the College of Law after it has been requested.

LSAT Web Site

  • Submit Letters of Recommendation

The College of Law requires applicants to submit at least two letters of recommendation. Recommendations from professors or others who can comment on your critical thinking, writing skills, and potential for success in law school are particularly welcome. The College participates in the letter of recommendation service offered by the LSAC as part of the CAS subscription.

LSAC Credential Assembly Service

  • Submit Transcripts

For the CAS report, applicants are responsible for submitting an official transcript to LSAC from each college or university they have attended. In addition, every applicant who accepts admission to the College of Law must file official transcripts showing conferral of a degree with the University's Office of Admissions.

CAS Web Site
LSAC Web Site

  • Complete Personal Statement

The personal statement is required for all applicants. The application form contains complete instructions regarding the personal statement. The personal statement (limited to two to three pages) should address the following topics:

  • Why do you wish to study law?
  • Why do you want to study at The University of Iowa?
  • What has been your most significant accomplishment?
  • How would you contribute to our law school community and the legal profession?
  • Describe any life experiences that would indicate your drive, determination, motivation, and/or leadership characteristics.

English Requirements

Important Dates

There are a number of critical dates during the application process.

Starting Sept. 1, 2013 Application for Admission Accepted
December 2013 Recommended Last LSAT Test Date
Starting Jan. 1, 2014 Submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Feb. 2014 Last Acceptable LSAT Date
April 1, 2014 $250 First Deposit Due for  Students Accepted before March 15
May 1, 2014 Deadline for Submission of All Application Materials
June 1, 2014 $150 Second Deposit Due for  Students
Aug. 17-25, 2014 Mandatory Orientation Week and Registration for Fall Entrants
Aug. 25, 2014 Opening of Classes for Fall Entrants

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More Information About Applying

When to Apply
The timing of your application may make a difference. The College of Law has a rolling admissions process. Although the final deadline is not until March 1, we recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. You may submit an application even if you have not yet taken the LSAT. Historically, the Admissions Committee  begins reviewing completed application files by December.

Please keep in mind that your application file is considered complete only after we have received all of the following: your application, your application fee, your official CAS report (with transcripts and LSAT scores), and your letter(s) of recommendation. It may take a few days to process your application after we receive it, and it may take up to four weeks after we submit our request  for the CAS reports before they arrive in our office.

Application Deadline
The deadline for applying is May 1, 2014. 

Application Fee
A non-refundable $100 fee is required of all international applicants and must accompany the application.  The application fee is waived for US Citizens.

If you have extensive work experience, academic or other honors, extra-curricular activities or post-graduate work, we recommend that you submit a résumé.

Graduate Work
The Admissions Committee does take graduate work into account. Please note that the GPA that we will consider will be your undergraduate GPA. However, the committee does review graduate transcripts and weighs those courses and grades in the comprehensive review.

Selection Process
All files are reviewed by our Admissions Committee. A percentage  of the first-year class is admitted primarily on the basis of the LSAT and GPA. The rest of the class is admitted on the basis of criteria in addition to those numbers in accord with our "numbers-plus" admissions policy.

Accepting an Offer of Admission
If you wish to accept the offer and hold your place in the class, you must submit a $250 nonrefundable deposit  by the date set forth in your offer letter. Applicants accepted into the Fall class must pay a second non-refundable deposit of $150 by June 1. These payments are credited toward tuition and fees for those who enroll.

Under extraordinary circumstances, we may grant a request to defer. The request must be in writing, and must include the reasons for the request. Approvals to defer are left to the discretion of the Admissions Committee Chairperson and the Assistant Dean of Admissions, and are granted under only extreme circumstances. If granted, an applicant can defer for one year only. Requests to defer should be sent to the Admissions Office.

Contact Admissions Office

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