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Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau

Governor Reynold’s March 22, 2020 Proclamation provides Professional Licensing Relief.  More specific guidance will be provided soon. Click here to read the proclamation.

Guidance for Accountants

Guidance for Architects

Guidance for Landscape Architects

Guidance for Registered Interior Designers

Guidance for Engineers and Land Surveyors


Effective March 20, 2020, the Iowa Professional Licensing & Regulation Bureau will not receive public visitors without an appointment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

PLB is operating during its normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is being staffed at a reduced level. We are still available by phone and email. If you wish to visit PLB, please call (515) 725-9022 for assistance. 

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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


All lawyers must have a law degree and must also typically pass a state’s written bar examination.

Lawyers must have a law degree and must also typically pass a state’s written bar examination.


Becoming a lawyer usually takes 7 years of full-time study after high school—4 years of undergraduate study, followed by 3 years of law school. Most states and jurisdictions require lawyers to complete a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). ABA accreditation signifies that the law school—particularly its curricula and faculty—meets certain standards.

A bachelor’s degree is required for entry into most law schools, and courses in English, public speaking, government, history, economics, and mathematics are useful.

Almost all law schools, particularly those approved by the ABA, require applicants to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). This test measures applicants’ aptitude for the study of law.


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