The University of Iowa College of Law is the oldest law school west of the Mississippi. Iowa Law's progressive history mirrors that of our state. In 1839, the Iowa Territorial Supreme Court ruled that a slave brought into Iowa must be freed. Thirty years later, the Iowa Bar admitted the first woman licensed to practice law in the United States. Alexander Clark, Jr., graduated from Iowa Law in 1879 as the school's first African-American student. His father, Alexander Clark, Sr., had helped pave the way by winning an Iowa Supreme Court case ensuring his children's right to attend public school in 1868.
Iowa Law was a charter member of The American Association of Law Schools and is an American Bar Association-approved law school. For more information, contact: American Bar Association, Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Attn. Site Evaluation Administration, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-988-6738.
The current law school building was completed in 1986. It has nine classrooms including the Levitt Auditorium, the law library, legal clinic, two student lounges, offices for the student-run journals and Moot Court program, faculty offices, administrative offices, bookstore, meeting rooms, cafeteria and ATM. Part of the larger University of Iowa campus, Iowa Law reflects Iowa City's unique cultural community. Students, faculty, and staff work together in a friendly, relaxed, and productive environment that puts students' needs first. Iowa Law students participate in diverse organizations and contribute to our four scholarly publications.
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