The University of Iowa College of Law

The University of Iowa College of Law

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One of the oldest law schools west of the Mississippi, the University of Iowa College of Law is rumored to have graduated the nation’s first female law student. It has rigorous admissions criteria and one of the smallest first-year section sizes in the region.

Nestled in downtown Iowa City, the campus itself overlooks the Iowa River and houses a massive law library — fitting, as Iowa City is one of 11 cities worldwide to be designated a UNESCO City of Literature. Each year, the school hosts “Bridging the Gap Seminar,” a pre-law conference for minority applicants to learn about the law school process and related career fields.

Although tuition is far higher for non-residents, the school’s efforts pay off, as an impressive number of its graduates find employment after 10 months, at just under 90 percent.

Dean Gail Agrawal stressed that the school prepared students not just for their first job, but also for a life in the law.

“At Iowa Law, every ambition matters. The faculty and I view our role as helping students crystalize their career aspirations as professionals, and then empowering them to take on those challenges,” says Agrawal. “We do that by looking at legal education as a continuum, with a sound foundation in theory, with deep knowledge of doctrine and with the ability to translate knowledge that impacts the world.”

As well as the J.D. program, the college also offers a number of joint degree programs with other graduate departments. Iowa Law boasts an alumni network spanning all 50 states and beyond.

Admission Profile
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75th Percentile1633.79
25th Percentile1573.44
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$24332
Percent receiving grants83.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 90.50%
NJ Employment88.32
Bar Passage86.82%
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