About Iowa Law

Iowa lawThe University of Iowa College of Law was founded in 1865 and has one of the smaller student populations with just under 500 enrolled. The school is known for having accessible faculty members and a very flexible curriculum. After their first year, students can choose from over 200 classes to complete their degree, allowing them to focus on their specific areas of interest.

Students can choose to complete a regular J.D. degree or select a J.D. /M.B.A through the Henry B. Tippie School of Management, or a J.D. /M.P.H. (Master of Public Health) or a J.D. /M.H.A. (Master of Health Administration) through the College of Public Health. university of iowa college of law Students can get real-life experience outside the classroom through the In-House Clinic. Student interns run the organization like a law firm, which allows them to gain experience in areas like consumer rights and criminal defense. Other off-campus opportunities include externships in court systems and offices around the country. Iowa Law is also a part of the London Law Consortium which allows students to spend a semester studying in England. This is just one of the many study abroad programs offered.

Most students choose to write for one of the four academic journals: the “Iowa Law Review,” “Journal of Corporation Law,” “Transnational Law and Contemporary Problem,” and “Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice.” These journals are read by legal minds around the world. For extracurricular activities, there are more than 20 student organizations on campus including several legal fraternities.

Iniversity of Iowa law schoolThe University of Iowa College of Law, though not as well-known as some bigger schools, has been able to produce strong legal candidates for decades. Students who are more comfortable in a less metropolitan setting should look into Iowa Law’s programs. The tight-knit community and strong team of faculty members help make the school appealing to many. It also doesn’t hurt that the law program is considered to be one of the most affordable in the country!


Acceptance Rates

Median Student Scores

LSAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

GPA Range (25 to 75 Percentile)


Admissions Information

2020 acceptance rate: 60.32%

Number of 2020 applicants: 1,061

Number of 2020 matriculants: 165

LSAT (median): 161

GPA (median): 3.64

LSAT (25 to 75 percentile): 156 to 163

GPA (25 to 75 percentile): 3.44 to 3.78

Application Deadlines

May 1 is the final deadline.

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Iowa law students must start in the fall.

Financial Aid

Total Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Median Grants for Students

Additional Information

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $26,180

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $45,796

Room, board and other (2020-2021): $16,620

Estimated in-state cost of attendance (2020-2021): $42,800

Estimated out-of-state cost of attendance (2020-2021): $62,416

Students who receive grants: 78%

Median grant amount: $24,500

Iowa Law works hard to keep costs down. All students qualify for in-state tuition in their second and third years through their Research Assistant program.

conditional law school scholarships Conditional Scholarships

University of Iowa College of Law does not award scholarships that may be reduced or eliminated based on law school academic performance other than failure to maintain good academic standing.

Score Card

Employment Statistics

Career Placement Results

Transfers Out

Average Bar Passage Differential

Class Size Analysis

Additional Information

Employment Statistics
Employed full-time, long-term, bar passage required: 89.3%
Employed full-time, long-term, JD advantage: 4.3%

Career Placement Results
BigLaw: 15.0%
Federal Clerkships: 4.3%

Net Transfers: +3
Transfers Out: -0-

Average Bar Passage Differential (first-time takers): 16.47%

Class Size Analysis
Under 25: 77%
25-49: 17%
50-74: 3%
75-99: 3%
100+: 0%

University of Iowa College of Law

The University of Iowa College of Law

This page was last updated in December 2020.