Legal employers expect law graduates to have the practical knowledge and skills necessary to be competent and ethical lawyers. To help students meet these expectations, the University of Iowa College of Law offers opportunities for practical legal experience through the Field Placement Program.  

Iowa Law students have participated in the performance of legal work in

  • government or non-profit agencies 
  • criminal prosecution or defense offices 
  • state and federal judges' chambers 
  • international law offices and agencies.  

In addition to earning credit for their field work, students in field placements take a class or tutorial, led by a faculty member, designed to maximize and supplement the experiential learning.

2L students interested in gaining trial experience in a summer internship should also consider applying for the Prosecutor Intern Program.  Information about the Prosecutor Intern Program is here. 

2017 Fall Field Placements

Hon. Helen Adams, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Southern District of Iowa Hon. Celeste Bremer, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Southern District of Iowa Hon. Mark Cleve, Iowa District Court Judge, Seventh District of Iowa Hon. Thad Collins, U.S. Bankruptcy Chief Judge, Northern District of Iowa
ACLU of Iowa/Des Moines Iowa Legal Aid/Cedar Rapids Iowa Legal Aid – Low Income Tax Clinic/Iowa City Kids First Law Center/Cedar Rapids MacArthur Justice Center/St. Louis Student Legal Services/Iowa City Tahirih Justice Center/Falls Church
Federal Public Defender/Cedar Rapids Iowa Attorney General’s Office - Consumer Protection/Des Moines Iowa Attorney General’s Office - Criminal Appeals/Des Moines Iowa Attorney General’s Office - Licensing & Administrative Law/Des Moines