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Release: April 4, 2002

Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program launched

         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," Hines said.

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;

About 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 River.

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