Iowa Law Dean Kevin Washburn

Dean's Welcome

Warm greetings from the Boyd Law Building!

As I begin my third year as the dean of Iowa Law, I am humbled by the 155-year history of this great law school. I have enormous respect for the College of Law because it has a strong faculty, devoted and impressive alumni, and wonderful values of collegiality. All of us feel a deep responsibility, now more than ever, to uphold Iowa Law's tradition of excellence. No matter the ever-growing challenges, Iowa Law continues to build a future that honors its past. This fall is different in many ways, but our commitment to each other, and to excellence, is as strong as ever. 

Our Place
Iowa City is a friendly and vibrant Big Ten college town with the conveniences of a large city and the heart of a small town. Iowa Law is a great place to earn a legal education or excel as a legal scholar. Not only does it house the largest public law school library in the United States, the research staff is first-rate and students have their own carrels bathed in natural light located in a soaring space with windows looking out over the Iowa River.

Our People
Iowa Law has a unique culture that values collaboration more than competition. It is a warm and congenial community where students hail from across the country and possess views across the political spectrum.  But they come together here civilly and constructively to debate controversial topics and learn to solve thorny problems. They become collaborative colleagues and often lifelong friends. When they graduate, our students take with them a desire and a commitment to lead our world to a better future. And they go far. Our 10,500+ alumni network spans the state, the nation, and the world. 

Our Programs
Iowa Law is a small school with big advantages: a collegial environment built around the power of teamwork, highly regarded faculty who can teach students to analyze issues from all angles, and hands-on opportunities that turn theoretical concepts into actual experience. Iowa Law is one of only two US law schools with a federal criminal defense clinic. We have four well-known law journals, a robust field placement program, and a storied legal writing program. These are just a few ways Iowa Law sets up students for success.

We look forward to seeing you in Iowa City or online soon. Welcome to our community.


Kevin K. Washburn
N. William Hines Dean and Professor of Law