Rising 2L and 3L students may arrange summer field placements for academic credit with government agencies, non-profit organizations, and in judicial chambers.  Students perform field work and participate in an online faculty-guided course. 

While the law school has many pre-approved summer field placements, students may also request approval to earn academic credit for work performed through volunteer internships with government agencies, non-profit organizations, and in judicial chambers outside Iowa.  Students are encouraged to work with the career counselors in the Career Services Office to find summer internships.  Many internship opportunities are posted on Symplicity under "Jobs" and many law-school pre-approved externships will collect resumes from students through the Spring OCI session on Symplicity.


    Under the Iowa Law Field Placement Policy, students in a Summer Legal Placement must spend a minimum of 150 hours onsite working in their placement over the course of at least six weeks. Students also participate in an online faculty-guided seminar. The course is graded pass/fail.

    For Summer 2022, the online faculty-guided seminar is offered in two sessions:

    Session 1May 16- July 29 (regular session)
    Session 2May 31 – August 12 (late start session)

    Students will enroll in a session that most closely coincides with their externship work start and end dates.  Students can expect to participate in the seminar throughout the term of the session and are strongly encouraged to arrange their externships to last the duration of the session.

    Students pay tuition and fees and are usually eligible for financial aid.  Tuition and fees information is available at  Make sure to select summer in the drop-down session and the College in the top right corner.  AFTER you are registered for your summer courses, you can complete the Summer Financial Aid Application in MyUI if you wish to apply for loans for the summer. If you are still deciding how many credits to take for summer, please wait to complete the form until your credits are finalized. Your registration hours must match the financial aid cost of attendance.

    Summer tuition and fees will be charged to your U-Bill beginning in May. Students can view the U-bill in MyUI.  Financial aid offers will become available in MyUI (be sure to change the session to summer).  You will receive an email when your financial aid offer is ready. Financial aid will be disbursed on the first day of your summer class.  In addition to financial aid, limited funds are also available through the Summer Grant Program.

    Questions about financial aid?  Contact Iowa Law's Jessica Diers, Office of Financial Aid at (include your University ID), or by phone at 319-335-9142.

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iowa Law Field Placement Program will permit students to receive academic credit for a remote placement for the Summer 2022 term.  Students working in person should be aware of the following guidance issued by the University of Iowa

    It is a student’s responsibility to be aware of the host organization’s policies on COVID-19 vaccination, quarantine and isolation. While the university does not require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19, many organizations are requiring vaccination for all employees and individuals at those organizations. Please understand that if you cannot provide proof of vaccination for those organizations, you may not be allowed to participate in their programs.


    Students receiving academic credit for their summer externship enroll in a three-credit course called "Summer Legal Placement" (LAW:9335).

    • In order to register for the Summer Legal Placement course, students must complete the online application form available from Prof. Tai.  The deadline for registration for the Summer 2022 term is April 12, 2022.
    • Students should also contact the Director, Field Placement Programs (Prof. Tai), to determine whether their placement site needs to complete the Supervisor Application form.

    Seminar Themes

    For the 2022 Summer term, the Summer Legal Placement program will be organized around two themes. 

    General Section

    This section will provide you with an opportunity for individualized learning and exploration of your legal practice interests.  You are encouraged to become a self-directed and active learner in the context of a real-life legal experience. You will do this in a number of ways: setting goals in advance of your externship, submitting periodic reports of your activities, and by engaging in a series of assignments encouraging you to reflect on your experiences and translate those experiences into marketable skills, and academic and career plans.  You will be in a section with students working in a wide variety of externships and the resulting discussion will allow you to compare and contrast the different roles attorneys play in the legal system.

    Criminal Justice Section (regular section only)

    In addition to developing professional skills and reflection practices, in this section, we will focus on social justice related to the criminal justice system. We will define social justice; we will consider readings relating to privilege and systemic injustices in the criminal justice system. We will examine the work you are doing this summer and how a lawyer's role perpetuates the justice or injustices within the system. We will consider strategies as to how you can effectively cope within the system; and consider strategies as to how lawyers can make a difference in the system.  This section is open to all students whose externships touch the criminal justice system, including judicial externs.

    Students in all Summer Legal Placement sections will respond to guided reflections and participate in periodic online class and individual meetings.  In addition, all students must participate in a orientation session scheduled for the end of the Spring semester.