We strive to amplify the voices of underrepresented people and build a community that is inclusive of all. We recognize the enormous role the law plays in shaping the foundation of our society, and that with it comes the responsibility to take action towards equity and justice. For us, that action starts in the law school and continues throughout every members’ practice.
Meddie Demmings IV, DEI Committee Chair

Vision Statement

We at the University of Iowa College of Law take pride in our longstanding commitment to inclusion and diversity. In 1855, the University of Iowa became the first public university to admit men and women on an equal basis. Following in that tradition, the College of Law has led many diversity and equity initiatives. In the 1870s we became one of the first law schools in the nation to grant a law degree to a woman (Mary Beth Hickey, 1873), to an African-American (Alexander Clark, Jr., 1879), and to an international student (Moung Edwin, 1879).

We believe diversity is integral to our educational philosophy and core mission—to prepare culturally proficient graduates who are capable of intellectual inquiry, critical and reflective thinking, and engagement. Iowa Law is a stimulating place to study, teach, work, and learn to serve the public and the legal profession. We embrace the commonalities and differences of human experience. Thoughtful discourse and a broad exchange of ideas facilitate a better understanding of ourselves, each other, and the issues and controversies of the day. 

All are welcome and respected here. 

Our community celebrates diversity in all of its forms; each one of us is enriched by exposure to different beliefs, opinions, world views, abilities, backgrounds, and identities. We believe that awareness and understanding of these differences can promote lifelong collaboration and trust within and among the communities that define and animate us.

DEI News

Gada Al Herz (22JD) poses on a bridge in front of the Old Capitol building.

Prepared for anything, Gada Al Herz will pursue international law in D.C.

Al Herz feels that Iowa has prepared her for a vast range of career possibilities. “I'm prepared for an international career. But I also feel like if I go out into the world and realize that I miss Iowa, I am also aware of the rural practices. I’m prepared for a big law career, while at the same time I feel like I’m prepared to work at a small practice in Iowa or a public organization.”
Kenyan Delegation Visit 2021

Iowa Law hosts the Kenyan Judiciary, the largest foreign delegation to visit

The Center for Human Rights and its collegiate home, the College of Law, recently hosted the first in-person foreign delegation to visit the University of Iowa since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fall 2021 Old Capitol Building at the University of Iowa

Human Rights Program at Iowa Law earns A+ rating second year in a row

Iowa Law has established its human rights program as a standout in a competitive and changing world, and this year Iowa Law continues its A+ rating for Human Rights Law from PreLaw Magazine, a National Jurist Publication.