About Us

Iowa Law
Rodin's Jean de Fiennes, Clothed (from The Burghers of Calais), 1889, cast 1987, in front of the Boyd Law Building on the University of Iowa campus.

 

About Us

Situated in one of the nation’s premier college towns, the University of Iowa College of Law is consistently rated as one of the top ten public law schools in the country.  We are the oldest law school west of the Mississippi River and our nearly 10,000 living alumni are spread around the globe.  Our faculty members are widely respected for being equally committed to providing their students with a superior classroom experience and to producing scholarship that makes a difference.  The College’s clinics offer real-world experience in a wide range of fields, ranging from criminal defense to immigration to workers’ rights.  Our innovative Field Placement Program and Citizen Lawyer Program provide scores of additional opportunities for students to immerse themselves in the world of legal practice.  Our student-edited journals are among the most respected in the nation, and our moot-court programs regularly produce regional and national winners.  As the law school that led the way in providing students with intensive, faculty-supervised writing experiences in their first year, we continue to have a particularly strong and well-earned reputation for producing superb writers.  Boasting one of the nation’s top two university-based collections of legal materials, the College’s law library gives students and scholars an extraordinarily rich array of learning opportunities.

Employers across the country know we produce graduates who bring to the workplace a first-rate blend of talent, enthusiasm, and civility.  Some of our graduates land their first jobs in nearby cities, such as Chicago, St. Louis, and the Twin Cities, all of which are within a half-day drive.  Other graduates secure positions in California, New York, Washington, D.C., or other locations, while still others become quintessential small-town lawyers.  Even in today’s challenging job market, the overwhelming majority of our graduates are finding employment within the nationally recognized benchmark of nine months following graduation.  Taking into account a broad range of information beyond the usual LSAT scores and undergraduate grades when evaluating prospective students, we do a remarkably good job of identifying individuals who are well-suited for the legal profession:  99% of our students complete their degrees and 92% of our students pass their Bar examinations on the first attempt.

The College of Law and the Iowa legal community both are proud of their progressive histories.  In 1839, the Iowa Territorial Supreme Court freed a slave who had been brought into Iowa. Thirty years later, the Iowa Bar admitted the first woman licensed to practice law in the United States. The College’s first African-American student, Alexander Clark, Jr., received his degree in 1879, decades before many other law schools in the country finally enrolled non-white students. In 1868—more than three quarters of a century before the U.S. Supreme Court’s celebrated ruling in Brown v. Board of Education—Alexander Clark’s father helped pave the way for his son’s achievements by winning an Iowa Supreme Court case that vindicated his children’s right to attend Iowa’s public schools.

No matter where in the world our travels take us, coming home to Iowa City is always a pleasure.  Our students and faculty make their homes in a lively and lovely college town, where professional relationships and personal friendships flourish, restaurants and the arts abound, and the activities of everyday life are logistically easy.  Approximately 60,000 people live in Iowa City, and more than half of them are affiliated with the University.

The University of Iowa is itself an internationally respected, world-class research institution.  It was the first public university in the United States to admit men and women on an equal basis and the country’s first institution of higher education to accept creative work in theater, writing, music, and art as theses for advanced degrees.  The University has one of the most extensive research library systems in the world.  The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is one of the largest university-owned teaching hospitals in the United States.  The University’s Iowa Writers' Workshop—whose students and instructors have included Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Robert Penn Warren, Flannery O’Connor, Robert Hass, Jane Smiley, and John Irving—is the world’s most prestigious creative-writing program.  In 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization designated Iowa City the world’s third City of Literature.  The University is a member of the Big Ten athletic conference and regularly assembles teams that lay claim to conference and national glory.  Football Saturdays are a wonder to behold.

For additional information about the College of Law or its larger community, please contact us.  We always are eager to talk with others about the work we do and about the opportunities we provide.

The College of Law is a charter member of The Association of American Law Schools and is fully accredited by the American Bar Association.  For more information about ABA accreditation, contact the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Attn. Site Evaluation Administration, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-988-6738.