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Iowa Law Sesquicentennial

Iowa Law 150
Iowa Law is honored to celebrate 150 years of legal education in 2015.

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.

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.

Upcoming Iowa Law 150 Events

Sesquicentennial Events
Date Details
February 12 Opening of Iowa Law 150 Exhibit
Old Capitol Museum, Pentacrest
(exhibit runs through August 2, 2015)
March 6 Van Oosterhout Baskerville Moot Court Finals
Levitt Auditorium, Boyd Law Building
March 24 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Visit
April 8-9 Journal of Corporation Law Symposium
Boyd Law Building
Keynote: 5 p.m., April 8
Symposium: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., April 9
April 16-18 Iowa Law Review Centennial Reunion Celebration
Summer 2015 Nationwide Alumni Events
Dates and locations tba as finalized
September 9 Fall 2015 Levitt Lecture: Nina Totenberg
5 p.m., Iowa Memorial Union, Main Lounge
Fall 2015 Pre-game cookouts
Two hours prior to kick-off at Boyd Law Building before the following home games:
  • September 19, Iowa vs. Pittsburgh
  • September 26, Iowa vs. North Texas
  • October 10, Iowa vs. Illinois
  • October 31, Iowa vs. Maryland
  • November 14, Iowa vs. Minnesota
  • November 21, Iowa vs. Purdue
September 25 Supreme Court Day
October 9-11 Iowa Law Reunion Weekend
November 13 Iowa Law 150 Celebration Day