MD/JD

Preferred Program of Study

YearFall SemesterSpring SemesterSummer
YEAR 1Law Curriculum 1
5 courses, 15 hours
15 weeks, August to December
Law Curriculum 2
13-16 hours
15 weeks, January to May
Law Curriculum 3
6 or 9 hours
5 or 11 weeks, Mid-May to end of June
or end of June to early August
or Mid-May to early August
YEAR 2Medicine Pre-Clinical 1
5 courses, 21 hours
17 weeks, August to December
Medicine Pre-Clinical 2
4 courses, 20hours
18 weeks, January to May
Choose from:
2nd year Law electives-same options as previous summer
Law externship-may earn up to 6 hours credit
MECO (clinical experience at an Iowa hospital)
Research fellowship
Global experience
Free summer
YEAR 3Medicine Pre-Clinical 3
4 courses, 20 hours
17 weeks, August to December
Medicine Core Clinical 1
1 week Transition to Clerkships
24 weeks Core Clerkships
January to June
YEAR 4Medicine Core Clinical 2
24 weeks Core Clerkships
July to December
Medicine Advanced Clinical 1
4 weeks USMLE Step 1
20 weeks clerkships
possibly one or both parts of USMLE Step 2
January to June
YEAR 5Law Curriculum 4
16 hours of electives
15 weeks, August to December
Law Curriculum 5
16 hours of electives
15 weeks, January to May
Bar Exam prep course and Bar Exam
(take exam last Monday-Wednesday of July)
end of May to end of July
YEAR 6Final Medicine Advanced Clinical Year
32 weeks of remaining clinical clerkships/20 if using all 12 hours of credit exchange from the MPH
July to May
possibly one or both parts of USMLE Step 2
MD and JD degrees conferred mid-May
Begin medical residency training
July 1

Tuition Requirements

MD/JD students will be assessed the MD tuition rate for all semesters, excluding semesters with the majority of coursework in the College of Law. During those semesters, MD/JD students will be assessed the JD rate for tuition. Students must also pay a minimum of 8 full time semesters of MD tuition.

Graduation Requirements

College of Law – 72 hours plus 12 hours awarded for MD work = 84 semester hours required for the JD
Contact the College of Law at 319-335-9095, law-joint-degree@uiowa.edu

College of Medicine – 154 semester hours plus 12 semester hours awarded for JD work = 166 semester hours required for the MD
Contact Matthew Edwards, Carver College of Medicine, 319-335-8046, matthew-c-edwards@uiowa.edu