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

Photo of Ellen Wiah, named Federal Magistrate Judges Association Fellow

Ellen Wiah named a Federal Magistrate Judges Association Fellow

For the first time, four law students of diverse backgrounds have been named as Federal Magistrate Judges Association Fellows. Iowa Law's Ellen Wiah is among the group who will intern with a federal magistrate judge this summer and receive a $2,500 stipend.
Pablo Guevara ('21) Iowa Law student

Pablo Guevara takes a chance on Iowa Law & finds BigLaw success

For third-year law student Pablo Guevara, ever since he was a child he’s slowly found himself steadily gravitating towards colder weather on his way to Iowa City for law school and beyond. Although Guevara thought he would be attending law school somewhere warmer, he’s now preparing to graduate in May and begin at Sidley Austin’s Chicago office after graduating, something he says Iowa Law alums played a big role in helping him achieve.
Asian American story header image featuring four law students, a faculty member and an Iowa Law alum

It would be great if you considered a story about Asian American law students

In light of the nationwide increase in AAPI hate incidents, we asked six members of the Iowa Law community to tell their stories. These stories highlight the many different experiences and perspectives in the Asian American community and we are grateful for their openness and honesty.