The UI College of Law welcomed 155 students in August, who came from 90 different undergraduate institutions, with 44 individual undergraduate majors. The class is one of our smallest and its students’ credentials are some of the best ever.
The new students met for the first time during orientation when they also began their first law school course, Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning. They also completed a service project and learned about other volunteer opportunities, student services, professional development, and the Law Library.
During the week, the group participated in a 15-question survey sharing their thoughts about the law school, the Iowa community, and recent legal issues. Here are some of the results of the survey:
Fifty percent of the students grew up in Iowa, 22 percent had never been to the state before considering Iowa Law, 16 percent were familiar with Iowa, and 11 percent had only passed through or flown over the state.
Being new to the law school environment, 59 percent of the new students felt they had some idea of what to expect, but were still nervous, 24 percent thought they knew what to expect and were as prepared as possible, and 18 percent did not know what to expect at all.
When asked what they felt was the biggest legal issue of the year, 63 percent said it was the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, constitutionality of gay marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act was selected by 24 percent, and 7 percent chose the Trayvon Martin shooting.
Forty-seven percent of the new students chose Torts as the class they were most looking forward to, Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing was chosen by 29 percent, and Contracts was selected by 23 percent.
For additional statistical information about the 2012 entering class and previous law classes, visit: http://www.law.uiowa.edu/about/statistics.php.