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Attorney Admission Information

If you are seeking admission to Southern District of Iowa, please use the link below:

Southern District of Iowa:


General Petition for Admission:

You are responsible for reviewing the Local Rules (specifically Local Rule 83) and the Electronic Case Filing Procedures Manual. Any questions or concerns may be addressed to the Clerk’s Office by emailing:; or by calling    319-286-2300 or 712-233-3900.

Qualifications for Admission:

A lawyer is qualified for admission to the bar of the district if the lawyer: 1) is currently in good standing as a lawyer admitted to practice in the state courts of Iowa; and 2) pays the $199.00 admission fee.

Procedure for Admission:

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa is a NextGen CM/ECF court.  To request admission to practice, you must first have an upgraded or individual PACER account.  If you do not have an upgraded or individual PACER account, click HERE for further instructions

The attorney admission process is done online through  After the Petition for Admission has been completed, it will be uploaded through  Your Petition will be reviewed by the clerk's office and, if additional information is needed, the clerk's office will contact you.  After your Petition has been approved and accepted by the court, directions will be emailed to you on how to pay the admission fee in CM/ECF.

Before you begin the admission process through PACER, you must complete the Petition for Admission to Practice and save as a .pdf document on your computer. The process cannot be completed without this document.

Click this link for detailed instructions on How to Apply for Admission to the Iowa Northern District Court

Federal Attorneys or Attorneys Authorized to Represent the United States:

Attorneys who will represent the U.S. Government in the Northern District of Iowa should seek admission by completing the following steps:

Note: If granted, your privileges to practice in the Northern District of Iowa are only valid while you are employed by the U.S. Government. Upon your separation from the U.S. Government, you will need to apply for full admission.