We believe that the most effective lawyers are more than a skilled technician or advocate. They’re counselors at law in the fullest sense of the term.

Everything that distinguishes us at Iowa Law—the intellectual rigor of our program, our commitment to supporting every ambition, the civility and collaborative work ethic of our close-knit community—is designed to prepare you to serve as a counselor to your clients. The profession of law confers a privilege and profound responsibility on those who choose it, and we are committed to instruction that goes beyond legal doctrine and theory to the human qualities we ourselves embrace—the importance of character, integrity, and collegiality.

No matter the ever-growing challenges, Iowa Law continues to build a future that honors its past. Our commitment to each other, and to excellence, is as strong as ever.
Kevin Washburn (3)


The mission of the University of Iowa College of Law is serving the people of Iowa, the nation and the world by providing a superior legal education for our students that is grounded in both theory and practice and enables them to have the competence and confidence to succeed in any and all legal settings; engaging in leading-edge research concerning law-related questions; disseminating the resulting scholarship widely to scholars, legal professionals, policy-makers and the public; and performing professional and public service activities consistent with our teaching and research obligations.


For guidance in planning, setting priorities, and making decisions, the College looks to the seven interdependent commitments that are the University of Iowa's Core Values:

  • Excellence
  • Learning
  • Community
  • Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
Jean de Fiennes Statue in Front of the Boyd Law Building

Who is Jean de Fiennes?

Learn why we commemorate this captain

This bronze sculpture that appears in the front of the Boyd Law Building is an original work of art by Auguste Rodin.


History of Iowa Law

Founded in 1865

Learn more about our 100+ year history.