The University of Iowa College of Law, founded in 1865, was the first public law school west of the Mississippi River. Throughout its long history, the college has counted among its graduates and faculty many distinguished members of the federal, state, and tribal judiciaries. The UI produced one of the first women to graduate from any law school in the nation, one of the earliest African-American law school graduates, and the first United States Attorney of American Indian ancestry. The college also was a founding member of the Association of American Law Schools in 1929.

Currently ranked 22nd in the nation overall by U.S.News & World Report, the college is committed to exceptional scholarship, innovative teaching, and service to local, state, national, and international communities. Our aspiration is to imagine a future that is worthy of our inspired past, and private support is instrumental in the college’s continued success. Kicked off in the fall of 2012, the Iowa Law School Foundation is currently conducting a $50 million fundraising campaign to secure the resources that will allow us to re-examine, strengthen, and innovate the people and programs of the Iowa Law School.

Iowa Inspired: The Campaign for Iowa LawThrough Iowa Inspired: The Campaign for Iowa Law we will build on our foundation of excellence and innovation, and invest in the transformational ideas that will reshape legal education for the 21st century—our new frontier.

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Honor Clubs

Annual support at every level is crucial to maintaining the quality of the University of Iowa College of Law's programs. The college has established honor clubs to recognize individuals and organizations who provide generous annual support to the Law School Annual Fund and other college-wide resources.

Members of all college honor clubs receive invitations to law alumni receptions and luncheons, and recognition in the Iowa Law School Foundation Honor Roll of Contributors. These are the college's annual honor clubs:

Level Gift Amount
Dean's Club: Founder $50,000 or more
Dean's Club: Benefactor $25,000 through $49,999
Dean's Club: Leader $10,000 through $24,999
Dean's Club: Fellow $5,000 through $9,999
Dean's Club: Patron $2,500 through $4,999
Dean's Club: Counselor $1,000 through $2,499
Senior Partners $500 through $999
Barristers' Circle $250 through $499
Iowa Advocates $100 through $249

In addition to these College of Law honor clubs, the University of Iowa Foundation has a variety of programs to recognize the generosity of contributors university-wide. Learn more about university-wide honor clubs.

Volunteer Leaders

C. Dana Waterman III

"Iowa Inspired draws on the Iowa Law School’s foundation of excellence and innovation and invests in the transformational ideas that will help reshape legal education at Iowa well into the 21st century."

For more information, contact: Derek Pendergast, Executive Director of Development, College of Law 319-467-3684