University of Iowa LLM

University of Iowa LLM Program

The University of Iowa LLM Program allows foreign lawyers the opportunity to pursue individualized research at an esteemed public university located in the Midwestern United states. The University of Iowa is widely regarded as one of the best public universities in the country, and is home to one of the largest law libraries in the U.S. as well. The University of Iowa LLM program offers two tracks: a legal practice track, and a research track. The legal practice track is designed for foreign lawyers who wish to gain an introduction to U.S. law and to become qualified for the New York, California, or Wisconsin bar examinations in order to practice in the U.S. The research track is for foreign lawyers and U.S. JD holders who want to pursue in-depth research and study in a particular area of the law. The University of Iowa LLM Program looks especially favorably on research applicants intending to study international and comparative law, human rights law, international business transactions or business and innovation. The LLM orientation course to the U.S. legal system is required for all LLM students. Students in the practice track are required to take the LLM-specific course LLM Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research, the three-credit Professional Responsibility course, in addition to six credits of core courses in Contracts, Property, and Torts. Research track foreign LLM students have to take the LLM Seminar, for which a one-credit research paper on an approved topic is required, in addition to a longer, at least 4 credit-hour research paper suitable for publication. Students must take a total of 24 credits of general law school course offerings alongside JD students in order to complete the program and receive the LLM degree.

University of Iowa LLM Admission

Admission to the University of Iowa LLM program is competitive, as the university intentionally keeps class sizes small to ensure that students receive individualized attention from faculty. Applicants must have a JD or the basic law degree or university-level study necessary to qualify them to sit for the bar in their country of origin. When evaluating foreign applicants, the admissions committee places special weight on the strength of the academic record and recommendation letters from former professors. Application materials must include:

  • Application form
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended
  • Letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL score report with minimum scores of 580 paper-based, 237 computer-based, and 97 Internet-based*

*Applicants from the U.S., UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada (except for Quebec), and New Zealand are exempt from the English testing requirement. Students who do not achieve high enough scores have the option of undertaking ESL training at the university and choosing conditional admittance.

University of Iowa LLM Tuition

The University of Iowa LLM tuition costs for international students can be found on the school website. When taking into account living expenses, health insurance, books and supplies, and fees for international students, orientation, recreation, student health, student activities, student services and union, building, technology, arts and cultural events, University of Iowa Law School LLM students should estimate to spend quite a bit more for the academic year.

University of Iowa LLM Scholarship

The University of Iowa Law School offers graduate assistantships of one-quarter time (10 hours per week) or more to LLM students. These assistantships can offset the cost of tuition by qualifying graduate assistants as residents for billing purposes.

The University of Iowa also offers three partial scholarships: the Thelma L. Schaffer Scholarship Carroll Sample Scholarship and the Donald R. Newbrough International and Comparative Law Scholarship. Students intending to apply for financial aid should indicate as such on their applications. The University of Iowa College of Law highly encourages applicants to look into outside sources of aid through their home countries, international, and private organizations. For more information about outside aid sources, visit our LLM Scholarships page.

University of Iowa LLM Employment

The University of Iowa College of Law Career Services office provides several resources and programs to help students find jobs, including online job posting listservs, one on one meetings, peer advising, resume collections, cover letter and resume review, mock interviews, alumni networking, professional development programming, job search strategy, and on-campus interviews.

University of Iowa LLM Contact

College of Law Admissions Office
The University of Iowa
320 Melrose Ave.
Iowa City, IA 52242-1113
Phone: (319) 335-9095
Email the University of Iowa College of Law Admissions Office:

Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396
Phone: (319) 335-1525
Email the University of Iowa Office of Admissions:

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