University of Iowa Law School

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The University of Iowa College of Law, founded in 1865, is the oldest law school in continuous operation west of the Mississippi River. Iowa enjoys a good national reputation (currently rated 24th in the U.S. News and World Report Top Law School rankings) and the second largest law library in the nation. The college is located in Iowa City, a cosmopolitan college town that is home to a dynamic teaching and research university and over 60,000 people. Students from all 50 states and roughly 100 countries attend the university. Iowa City offers a rich cultural life, Big Ten athletic events, and the world-famous Iowa Writers' Workshop. The Boyd Law Building's central campus location on a bluff overlooking the Iowa River provides a professional enclave well suited to the college's intensive style of education and easy access to the academic, cultural, social, and recreational resources of a major research university.

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University of Iowa Law School Admissions

University of Iowa Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 44% of its applicants. Comparatively, Iowa is Lower than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2028 1214 528 (43.49%) 141 (11.6%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.44 3.61 3.79
LSAT 156 161 162

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $24,177 $42,021
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $16,778
  • Living off-campus: $16,892
  • Living at home: $8,076

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: N/A
  • Application Fee: N/A

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University of Iowa Law School Community

University of Iowa Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Iowa is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 33
  • Part Time: 23


  • # Female Faculty: 24
  • # Minority Faculty: 2


11.9 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: No
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: No

University of Iowa Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. University of Iowa Law School 1L section size is 11% smaller than law schools in Iowa and 42% smaller than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

University of Iowa Law School: 93
Iowa Average: 103
PUBLIC School Average: 132

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 347
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 121

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 81
  • Law Journals: 147
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 3.6%
  • Second Year: 2.0%
  • Third Year: 0.7%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

University of Iowa Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The University of Iowa Law School class of 2023 had an employment rate of 95% with 2% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2023, 73.7%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 51.0%
  • Business: 18.0%
  • Government: 8.0%
  • Public Interest: 6.0%
  • Academia: 4.0%
  • Iowa: 43%
  • Illinois: 11%
  • California: 7%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 73.7%
  • First Time Takers: 175
  • Average School: 86.8%
  • Average State: 82.5%
  • Pass Difference: 4.4%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Iowa: 84.4%
  • Passed: 69 of 76 (90.8%)
  • State Average: 82.5%
  • Difference: 6.4%