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Iowa Law celebrates 150 years: The oldest law school west of the Mississippi

​ When the College of Law was founded in Des Moines in 1865, its founders came to the western frontier eager to educate Iowa’s first generation of lawyers.

Three years later, it moved to Iowa City and became a part of the University of Iowa.

Now, as the college celebrates its sesquicentennial, Iowa law continues to build on the vision of its founders by producing versatile graduates who serve their communities and further the profession by advancing society's understanding of the law.

From graduating its first female, black, and international law students in the 1800s to establishing one of the oldest student-edited legal journals in the nation and building one of the largest academic law libraries in the country, Iowa law has long been a leader in diversity and legal education.

On November 13, the College of Law will formally celebrate this milestone.  For details about the event, e-mail Janey Piersall in Law Alumni Relations.  For details about its ongoing "It's the People!" Project, visit