College of Law scores high in public interest law survey

The University of Iowa College of Law was given high marks for its public interest law programs in a survey conducted by the legal education magazine preLaw. The law school received a grade of A- for its public interest law projects and alumni who pursue careers in public interest law.

Only 96 of the more than 300 law schools in the United States made the list, and Iowa is ranked among the top 37.

The magazine’s rankings considered such criteria as the number of public service and pro bono opportunities in which students can participate, number of graduates working in public interest law positions, and overall cost of a legal education.

UI law students can participate in public interest law through its legal clinic or Citizen Lawyer Program (CLP). CLP projects include assisting Iowa district attorneys and public defenders, supporting Iowa Legal Aid, ADA advocacy, providing services for domestic abuse victims, and representing immigrants seeking political asylum.

More information about the rankings can be found at www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cypress/prelaw_2011winter/#/26.

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