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Iowa Supreme Court justice, state ABA president-elect welcome new UI law students

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- James H. Carter, justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, and Burlington attorney, David Beckman, president-elect of the Iowa State Bar Association, will be the guest speakers Monday, Aug. 18, as part of an orientation for new students at the University of Iowa College of Law.

Law school orientation is an annual event featuring a week of activities designed to introduce first-year students to the study of law, as well as to provide them with an overview of the support, social and cultural resources available at the law school. The program begins at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18, and continues through Monday, Aug. 25.

Classes for all law students begin Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Carter, a 1960 Iowa law graduate who was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1982, and Beckman, an attorney with the Burlington firm of Beckman and Hirsch, will address the new class during the opening session at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18. They will be joined by N. William Hines, dean of the College of Law.

About 190 first-year students are expected for the 1997-98 academic year.

As part of orientation, students take a 10-session course on the study of law, its theories, practices and responsibilities. They also attend sessions on financial aid, job placement, admission to the bar, ethics, and other issues.

Linda McGuire, assistant dean for student affairs at the College of Law, says orientation is designed to give first-year students a brief look at the educational life they will be leading for the next three years.

"Students will really spend the whole first year getting acclimated to law school," McGuire says. "Orientation is an attempt to give them a glimpse of what the law and its study are all about."

The week-long orientation for new law students began in 1994.