Field Placement Programs

Legal employers expect law graduates to have the knowledge and skills necessary to be competent and ethical lawyers.  In Iowa’s classrooms, law students master legal subjects and practice problem solving, analytical and writing skills. 

Equally important to students’ success as professionals is what they learn through practical legal experiences. Iowa offers its students many such opportunities: volunteer legal placements with government, legal aid and nonprofits through the Citizen Lawyer Program; regional and national competitions for moot court, intellectual property, arbitration and trial advocacy; and a high-credit legal clinic where students represent clients under close faculty supervision in a law firm setting.

Iowa’s Field Placement Program offers quality educational experiences that involve students in the performance of legal work in government or non-profit agencies, criminal prosecution or defense offices, state and federal judges’ chambers, international law offices and agencies, as well as in a limited number of private practice and corporate settings. In addition to earning credit for their field work, students in field placements participate in a class or tutorial, led by a faculty member, designed to maximize and supplement the experiential learning.

Current Field Placements

Fall 2014 Field Placements selected by lottery are open for application until April 11, 2014.  Download the materials here
Fall 2014 field placements selected by the placement are now listed in Symplicity.  Application deadline is April 7, 2014. 

Field Placement Types

The law college has on-going opportunities for placements in the summer and throughout the school year, which are pre-approved for academic credit. Some placements are made by lottery, others by an application process to the placement. Information about pre-approved and lotteried positions is available on Symplicity. Students may also identify potential placements and apply to get academic credit for the placement.

Field Placement Course Offerings

How to Apply for Academic Credit for Field Placements



Limited grants are available for students placed at public interest or government agencies.  Applications for 2014 are due April 1 at noon.  Information about the Centralized Grant Process can be found here, the FAQ here, and the application form here.

Information about additional funding for externships can be found on Symplicity.

The faculty’s policy governing for-credit Field Placements can be found here.

Questions and other requests for information can be directed to:

Linda McGuire
Associate Dean for Civic Engagement
      and Instructor at Law
422 BLB
University of Iowa College of Law
Iowa City, IA 52242
319 335 9094