Meet Joe McFarlane, ’13

Joseph McFarlane

Hometown: Spokane, Washington
Undergraduate Institution: Brigham Young University

What’s great about being a law student at the University of Iowa?
Everyone at the College of Law makes the experience very welcoming and comfortable. From the faculty to the students, the people here are friendly. I am happy I chose Iowa because of the quality of education I am receiving and the great environment we have here.

When you began your first year, what was one thing that pleasantly surprised you about the Law School?
I was surprised at how well the College of Law helps first-year students assimilate to law school. It is hard to know what to expect during your first year, but the College did a great job helping us with informative and entertaining events.

What do you like to do when you are not studying or in class? What is life in Iowa City like?
I really enjoy exercising and playing intramural sports at the various campus facilities. The fields and the workout facilities at Iowa are phenomenal, and there is never a shortage of intramural competitions. The College of Law is in a great location. It is a short walk from Kinnick Stadium, the restaurants in downtown Iowa City, and the workout facilities on campus.

What made you decide to attend the University of Iowa for your law degree?
I was looking for a school to attend in the Midwest, and Iowa provided the best education for the price, along with the comfortable environment that I needed in a law school.

Do you feel the faculty is accessible? How do you like the size of your classes?
Most of the professors I have had for classes have open-door policies. They are also quick to respond to any questions that students may have. Most class sizes are conducive to learning, and I always feel that I can ask professors questions.

Do you feel you are being well prepared for a law career?
I felt very prepared for my two summer associate positions and will be prepared to start my law career after graduation in 2013. Our professors do a great job helping students to learn to think critically and analyze legal issues. Furthermore, the College’s Career Services staff has done a great job helping me in my job search.

Are there opportunities for practical experience?
The College of Law has four excellent student-run journals. I have been able to be a part of the Journal of Corporation Law for two years. Working on a journal helps Iowa law students improve their writing, research, and analytical skills, while introducing them to the rigors of the legal profession. Our journals also offer a great opportunity to students who want to become well versed in various areas of the law.

You are involved in many extracurricular activities, how does this enhance your Iowa Law experience?
Extracurricular activities help me feel a part of the Law School community and give me meaningful experiences outside of the classroom setting. It is a great way to get to know classmates while serving others and gaining experience. There are literally hundreds of different activities.