For Iowa, I was told that if you held a part-time job your first year (presumably meaning that you paid state taxes your first year) it's possible to qualify for in-state tuition for 2L and 3L. It was also suggested to me to apply for a job at the law school as a research assistant to a professor, but I don't know if that specific type of job would help someone qualify over other types of jobs within the state.
Really? Because on Iowa's website I swore it said you cannot be enrolled more than half time during the year you're establishing residency. It seems pretty clear on that. So where did you hear this?
Also, i'd like to re-open this thread. It's something I'm interested in.
I spoke with a person from Iowa a few weeks back about this issue while I was visiting the school. It is tough to get in-state, and you will not get it your first year. By obtaining an RA position after 1L one could get residency for the 2L and 3L years, but I'm not sure how hard those are to get? I have a friend there who made it seem like he wants one and seemed to think they were pretty competitive (which would make sense). They did not really mention any other way this could be done, and made it seem like getting an RA position was the only way to get residency. Granted there could be something else one could do, but schools generally make this kind of info easily accesible. For this reason I suspect the person who thinks that working part-time while in school is mistaken. The could be refering to the fact that if you attend school part-time at Iowa for a year while working, you get in-state, but that does pertain to the law program (no part-time). Iowa is very expensive for out of state (40K or so in tuition), so if you are serious about going definetely look into how good a shot you would have at getting an RA position, because thats the only way the school will tell you you can get residency. If there is some other way, they didn't tell me (and I asked at length about it).