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Iowa Law graduates see marked improvement in bar passage rates, exceeding statewide averages

Wednesday, September 13, 2023
The recent Iowa bar passage results show remarkable improvements in performance for Iowa Law graduates. This year Iowa Law had 59 grads taking the Iowa bar exam, including 55 taking the exam for the first time. These alums achieved a cumulative bar passage rate of 92% and a 93% first-time bar passage rate. 
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Iowa Law's incoming class achieves remarkable three-year streak of excellence

Monday, September 11, 2023
For the third consecutive year, the incoming class at Iowa Law has achieved the highest LSAT score in history. This achievement speaks volumes to Iowa Law's ongoing commitment to academic excellence.
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Hubbell Environmental Law Initiative launches new field course at Iowa Law

Thursday, August 31, 2023
The College of Law’s Hubbell Environmental Law Initiative recently launched an environmental law field course, with the help and support of the University of Iowa Wildlife Instruction and Leadership Development (UI WILD) team and the UI College of Education.
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Lucas Wetsch gains valuable career skills working as research assistant for Professor Odinet

Thursday, August 17, 2023
Motivated by the variety of research opportunities and financial support, Lucas Wetsch pursued a research assistant position with Professor Chris Odinet. 
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Bringing law and medicine together to improve criminal defense representation

Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Professor Guernsey and Dr. Lynch highlight why collaboration between law and medicine is critical, especially when defending clients with severe mental health conditions or substance use disorders.
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Emily Hughes develops database to better understand and improve criminal jury trials

Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Professor Emily Hughes and Professor Kori Khan, Iowa State University, are building one of the largest databases of trial transcripts in the U.S. It's a vast resource of information to help analyze what is working well in our criminal legal system, as well as what could be improved—and how to improve it. 
Diane Lourdes Dick teaches in a classroom in BLB.

Diane Lourdes Dick's summer research examines the thorny intersection of federal tax, banking, and bankruptcy law

Monday, July 10, 2023
Diane Lourdes Dick, professor at Iowa Law, focuses her teaching and scholarship on business and tax law, with an emphasis on commercial finance, business bankruptcy and out-of-court restructuring, and business entity taxation.
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Ryan Sakoda's summer research dives into empirical analysis of the criminal legal system

Wednesday, June 28, 2023
Ryan Sakoda, associate professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, is currently working on an empirical analysis of crime and criminal justice policy, criminal law and procedure, and law and economics. He has recently written on the use of solitary confinement and the effects of post-release supervision and probation.
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As a research assistant, Julia Harrison explores areas of law that spark her interest

Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Julia Harrison was looking for an opportunity to gain more exposure to business law. She sought out an research assistant position with Professor Yockey after enjoying his Business Associations class her 1L spring. She talks about the opportunity and what she learned while working as a RA.
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Cesár Rosado Marzán's summer research focuses on how "worker centers" are driving change

Monday, June 19, 2023
Professor Rosado Marzan is writing a book manuscript on how worker centers -- small, under-resourced community groups -- have persuaded ~ 100 local and state governments to legislate for new labor rights across the United States.