Collegial. Cooperative. Community-minded.
Sitting on a wooded hilltop overlooking the Iowa River and Iowa City's historic downtown, Iowa Law boasts a sophisticated yet intimate atmosphere. 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.
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. Clark, Sr. also attended Iowa Law, a few years after his son.
Student Demographics & Statistics
Each year, approximately 200 first-year students enter our JD program and 15 foreign-trained legal scholars and practitioners enter our LLM program, preparing to join generations of professional and civic leaders. Our students share a unique law school experience that develops analytical skills, independence of mind, and keen personal integrity.