Iowa Law Expo

Wednesday, September 29, 2021, Iowa Memorial Union

The Iowa Law Expo is an excellent opportunity for current college students, community members, and pre-law advisors to learn more about law school and the legal profession. The Iowa Law Expo includes a tour of the UI College of Law, a law school fair with representatives from law schools around the country, and breakout sessions for pre-law advisors and students.


Information for Prospective Students / Information for Pre-Law Advisors  / Information for Law School Representatives 


8:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.               Advisor and Student Check-In, Hubbard Commons, Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)


8:30 a.m.                               Depart from Hubbard Commons to walk to UI College of Law


9:00 -10:45 a.m.                   UI College of Law Visit, Boyd Law Building


10:30-11:00 a.m.                 Law Expo 101: Maximize your time at the Iowa Law Expo 

                or                            Join presenters from the University’s Academic Advising Center to learn how to maximize your

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.      experience at the Iowa Law Expo.  This session intended for student attendees.

                                                                *Katherine Resler, Senior Academic Advisor, Academic Advising Center, University of Iowa                                         

11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.          MAPLA Caravan Law School Fair, Main Lounge, IMU  --- FileLaw Schools Attending

Speak with law school representatives from across the country in an open-house tabling event. This session provides the opportunity to gain insights about the law school application process and experience straight from the source, as well as to ask individual questions about specific law schools and the application process at the school.  Students are also encouraged to stop by tables sponsored by the Law School Admissions Council, pre-law advising, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Law School Readiness Program. This session intended for all Expo attendees. The Fair is sponsored by the Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors.


12:45-1:30 p.m.                   Current Law Student Panel, 348 IMU, Big Ten Theater (3rd Floor)

  • Current University of Iowa College of Law students will share their experience and advice.  What can you do as an undergrad to best prepare for law school?  What is the first year of law school really like?  What are the biggest challenges?  What do they wish they knew then that they know now? This is your chance to learn from the experts! 

Panelists: Avery Brown, 2L

Geneva Guadalupe, 2L

Brian Ortiz, 3L

                McKenna Raimer, 2L

Mary Scarpinato, 2L


All About the LSAT, 335 IMU, Divine Nine Room (3rd Floor)

The presentation will include information on the Digital LSAT and how LSAT preparation translates to the first year of law school, an in-depth look into Khan Academy and LSAC LawHub LSAT Prep features, the LSAC Fee Waiver Program, and Testing and Equipment Accommodations.

Presenter: Jennifer E. O’Connor, J.D., LSAC Ambassador, Law School Admissions Council

2:30-3:15 p.m.                      Law School Outlook348 IMU, Big Ten Theatre (3rd Floor)

  • This session will provide information on legal placement rates, how career services offices help law students reach their goals, and what you can do with a law degree. A law school career counselor will discuss career advising and career opportunities in the legal profession and related areas. This session will be helpful in learning more about different career paths for law school graduates, how to analyze career data when considering law schools, and how law students find positions in legal and related fields. This session is intended for all Expo attendees.

    Presenters: AJ Finch, Career and Judicial Clerkship Specialist, University of Iowa College of Law

                       Tania Lefevre, Academic Advisor, University of Iowa College of Law


    Pre-Law Basics, 335 IMU, Divine Nine Room (3rd Floor)

    How can you best prepare for law school while an undergrad?  What classes should you take?  What clubs

    should you join? How and when should you apply to law school?  These questions and more will be

    answered in this session. This session is intended audience first-year and sophomore students

    Martha Kirby, Senior Academic Advisor, University of Iowa

Information for Prospective Students

  • Why You Should Attend
    • You are currently applying to law school.
    • You plan to apply to law school in the future.
    • You are thinking about law school as a potential option.
    • Get advice straight from the experts. Representatives from law schools all over the country will be here in person to answer your questions at the Law School Fair.
    • Gain insight into the law school experience and the legal profession. Learn more about legal careers, financing law school, the law school application process, diversity in the legal profession, and life as a law student during breakout sessions throughout the day.
  • How to Register
  • Is a Group from Your School Attending?
    • Check with the pre-law advisors at your school to see if they are bringing a group!
    • Pre-law advisors who bring a group of at least three students will have travel-related expenses of up to $50 per person reimbursed!
  • What to Wear and Bring
    • Business casual dress is suggested.
    • We encourage all Iowa Expo participants to wear a mask.
    • Law schools will record your contact information. You do not need to hand out copies of your resume.
    • Bring your student ID for check in.
  • Parking
  • Check-in Information
    • If you are going on the Law School Visit at the Boyd Law Building you should check in at 8:00 am at the IMU, Hubbard Commons (south side of the Main Lounge)
    • Students can check-in at any point during the day.
  • Tips and Additional Information
    • Click here for FileTips for Navigating the Law Expo
    • Food and beverages are available for purchase on the ground floor of the IMU in the Union Station Food Court and at The Java House. 
    • Please note : U of I students are allowed to participate in the virtual expo hosted by Grinnell taking place on Tues. Sept. 28 from 5-8 pm in Handshake if a virtual opportunity is preferred - details can be found here!

Information for Pre-Law Advisors

Pre-law advisors, Register here for the Iowa Law Expo:

The UI Law Expo is an excellent way to build your skills as a pre-law advisor.  Network with law school admissions personnel from law schools across the country. Provide your students a fantastic professional development opportunity!  And the best part? 

MAPLA will pay YOU to attend a MAPLA Law School Caravan Event!!

You can receive reimbursement for expenses related to bringing students to the Iowa Law Expo! 

  • To qualify for reimbursement, you must be a member of MAPLA and be from an institution outside of the city in which the Caravan event is located.
  • MAPLA members who bring at least three students are eligible to apply for travel assistance scholarships at the following rates:  
  • Minimum: If you bring the minimum three students plus an advisor, MAPLA will reimburse your actual expenses up to $200
  • For every additional student you bring, you will receive up to an additional $50/per student. For example, an advisor with six students receives reimbursement for all expenses incurred up to a maximum of $350 (7 persons @ $50 each). Please save receipts for reimbursement. 
  • Bring as many students as possible—there is no upper limit!
  • Detailed information about reimbursement is available at: 

You do NOT have to be a MAPLA member to attend a MAPLA Law School Caravan event—they are always free and open to the public. If you are interested in joining MAPLA, membership for advisors is $40 per year. Learn more at:

The Iowa Law Expo is part of the MAPLA Law School Caravan. The Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors (MAPLA) supports pre-law advising efforts throughout the Midwest. The Law Expo is also sponsored by colleges, departments, and organizations at the University of Iowa including the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Law, the Academic Advising Center, the Pomerantz Career Center, and Phi Alpha Delta.

  • Parking
    • Directions to the Iowa Memorial Union
    • Parking is available in the IMU ramp or the North ramp, both entrances located on Madison St.
    • If you intend to apply to MAPLA for reimbursement, please save the parking receipt!
  • Food and Beverages:
    • There will be water available at the Law School Fair
    • Food is available for purchase in the lower level of the IMU
    • If you intend to apply to MAPLA for reimbursement, please save all food receipts from the day.

Information for Law School Representatives

  • Shipping Information:

  • All materials may be mailed to: Event Services, Attn: Katie Martin, Room 159 IMU, 125 N Madison St, Iowa City, IA 52242-1317.
  • Materials should arrive no earlier than Monday, Sept. 14, 2021. We cannot accept boxes that arrive prior to this date.
  • Boxes should be prominently marked “MAPLA” to ensure they are directed to the proper storage location
  • Please include your school name on the outside of each box so they can be delivered to your table prior to the event
  • Reps should arrange with their preferred shipping company to pick up any remaining materials on site.  Boxes may be packed, labeled for shipping, and stored along the east wall of the event space overnight for morning pickup. Packing tape will be available.
  • Parking:

  • Directions to the Iowa Memorial Union
  • There will be a supply drop off area on Madison St at the East Lobby Entrance
  • Parking is available in the IMU ramp or the North ramp, both entrances located on Madison St.
  • Parking passes will be provided for all law school representatives at check-in.  Passes are needed to exit the ramps. Parking passes are for the event hours only.
  • Food and Beverages:

  • 9:00 a.m. Light refreshments and coffee service
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch available
  • All food and beverages for law school reps will be available in the Sunporch off the Main Lounge
  • Site Information:

  • We will have 3X6’ tables with black cloth drapes