University of Iowa

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320 Melrose Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52242

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The College of Law at University of Iowa has an application deadline of April 1. Its tuition is full-time: $28,047 per year (in-state) and full-time: $49,025 per year (out-of-state). The student-faculty ratio is 9.5:1. The College of Law at University of Iowa has 60 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

At the University of Iowa College of Law, students set much of their own legal curriculum after the first year of school. Students can complete joint degrees through other departments at the University of Iowa, such as 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 J.D./M.H.A  (master of health administration) through the College of Public Health.

The College of Law has an In-House Clinic, which is run by student interns like a law firm and gives students experience in practice areas such as consumer rights and criminal defense. In addition, the school’s externship program matches students in court systems and offices both in Iowa and nationally.

On campus, students can get involved with more than 25 student organizations, including legal fraternities such as Phi Delta Phi and Phi Alpha Delta, and several law journals including the Iowa Law Review and the Journal of Corporation Law. Because Iowa Law is one of seven schools in the London Law Consortium, law students can spend a semester studying in England, among other global term options.

After graduation, about 40 percent of College of Law alumni remain in the state to practice. Some of the school’s most notable graduates include Carol Havemann Lynch, General Upstream Tax Counsel for ExxonMobil; John Bouma, managing partner of Snell & Wilmer; and Coleen Rowley, a retired special agent for the FBI.

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Year founded 1865
Public/private Public
Law school designation National


Application deadline April 1
Full-time program application fee $0
Part-time program application fee $0
Admissions phone (319) 335-9095
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 60
Student-faculty ratio 9.5:1
Total faculty 75

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 411
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 190


Tuition and fees

full-time: $28,047 per year (in-state)
full-time: $49,025 per year (out-of-state)

Room and board $10,298


Employed at graduation2 56.8%
Median private sector starting salary $75,000
Median public service starting salary $51,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 1,356,671

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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