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Release: April 4, 2002
Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program
The University of Iowa College of Law will use a $100,000
grant from the Law School Admission Council to launch the Philip G. Hubbard
Law School Preparation Program for college juniors and seniors. The program
seeks to support diversity in the legal profession by inspiring historically
under-represented groups to become lawyers and to provide those groups with
the skills and assistance that will strengthen their preparation for law school.
The 2002 Hubbard Program will be held at the UI College of Law from June 14
to July 12, and will be led by UI Law Professor Marcella David.
The Hubbard Program is named in honor of Hubbard, who died last January
and was a former UI vice president and mechanical engineering professor. Hubbard was the first African-American
professor at the UI and a voice of conscience and caring throughout the University
community for over five decades. Upon his death, UI President Mary Sue Coleman
lauded "his drive for scholarship and his passion for fairness, equality,
and human rights."
Participants will be selected among applicants who will be starting
in their junior or senior year of college in fall 2002, and those selected
will be designated as Hubbard Fellows. Particularly encouraged to apply are
students currently attending:
• A four-year
public or private college or university in the state of Iowa
• A historically
black college or university in the United States
• An American
Indian tribal college in the United States
• A predominately
Hispanic college or university in the United States
The Hubbard Program is comprised of intensive classes, workshops, and
other activities intended to build skills in legal analysis, legal writing,
and the study of legal concepts. In 2002, many of the classes, workshops and
writing exercises in the Hubbard Program are expected to focus on combating
international terrorism under U.S. and international law, says David in a
description of the program.
The program will feature an intensive writing curriculum with frequent
evaluations and feedback to students. Courses will help develop critical reading,
analytical and logical reasoning, problem solving, advocacy, and listening
skills. The program will also include special lectures by professionals, visits
to courts, police facilities, public defenders' offices and other legal venues,
and workshops in Law School Admissions Test preparation.
N. William Hines, dean of the UI College of Law, noted the program's
excellent fit with the College's traditional goals and curricula.
"We have long sought to attract to Iowa, students from students
from historically underrepresented groups in our society, and train them to
become top-notch legal professionals.
This latest LSAC grant represents national recognition of our long-standing
success in this area. This new
program, named for the distinguished Iowan and Iowa academic leader Philip
Hubbard, enables us to do this in yet more creative and exciting ways.
"We are also delighted that our innovative writing center
and academic achievement program will be an integral part of the curriculum
we have specially designed to carry out the objectives of the LSAC grant,"
Professor David notes that the program is intended to serve
as "a holistic introduction to the study of law, from the application
process to the experiences students might very well have in first year classes,
framed under the umbrella of a topic important to our time."
Program participants will live in UI campus dormitories.
Participants selected for the program will receive a stipend, materials,
free room and a meal allowance; some assistance for travel expenses may also
be available. Since this is an intensive program, participants
must be available full-time throughout the program and the stipend is intended
to enable full-time study.
The Hubbard Program welcomes questions from potential participants,
undergraduate instructors, and pre-law advisers. Inquiries should be sent to: Hubbard Program
Committee, University of Iowa College of Law, Boyd Law Building, Iowa City,
Iowa 52242; firstname.lastname@example.org
the University of Iowa College of Law: The University of Iowa and the College of Law have distinguished
national reputations. Throughout its history, the College of Law has been
a leader among the nation's law schools. Founded in 1865, it is the oldest law school west of the Mississippi
In 1879, Iowa became one of the first law schools to graduate
an African-American student and in 1873 one of the first law schools to graduate
a woman student. Today, the UI continues this history of diversity.
The UI serves as host to the largest student-organized powwow in the
country, as a repository and teaching and research center for a renowned collection
of African Art, and host to many cultural and multicultural events.
The University of Iowa College of Law has a long tradition
of outreach and support to traditionally underrepresented student populations.
That history is exemplified by a tradition of more than twenty years
in hosting "Bridging the Gap," a weekend pre-law conference targeted
towards under-represented minority populations as well as the pre-law conference
hosted by OWLSS (the Organization of Women Law Students and Staff), and as
a participant and past host of the CLEO (Council on Legal Education Opportunity)
Program. Visit the College of Law at http://www.law.uiowa.edu/