The SJD program at the University of Iowa College of Law is intended for those who wish to conduct original and advanced legal research under faculty supervision. SJD students are expected to carry out legal research and writing which makes a significant and original contribution to the legal literature. The SJD dissertation must be of publishable quality and must provide lawyers, scholars, and governmental officials with a useful understanding, not previously available, of a particular area of law.

Students in the College of Law's SJD Program apply to and receive their degree from the College of Law.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
English Language (TOEFL) Requirements

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees vary by degree program and the type of student you are.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester—May 1
  • Spring semester—not offered
  • Summer session—not offered

Application Procedures


The application is only available at Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
To apply to our SJD Program create an LLM account.

Contact Information

College of Law Admissions Office
The University of Iowa
280 Boyd Law Building 
Iowa City, IA 52242-1113

Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396