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Release: June 17, 2002

Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program underway

The University of Iowa College of Law recently launched the 2002 Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program.

This program, made possible by a generous grant from the Law School Admissions Council, seeks to support diversity in the legal profession by inspiring historically underrepresented groups to become lawyers and by providing them with the skills and assistance that will strengthen their preparation for law school. The program, which is being held on the campus of the University of Iowa College of Law, began June 14 and runs through July 12 under the direction of Professor of Law Marcella David.

Student participants in the program will be designated as Hubbard Fellows in honor of Professor Philip G. Hubbard, former UI vice president and professor of mechanical engineering at the university. Hubbard, who died in January 2002, 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."

Program participants will live in dormitories and will receive a stipend, materials, free room and a meal allowance. 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.

Twenty-five students from 17 colleges and universities were selected to participate in the program. Schools attended by 2002 Hubbard Fellows are located across the country, from Florida, Rhode Island and California to Puerto Rico. Students hale from as far away as Brooklyn, New York and as close as Iowa City. The College of Law received more than twice as many applications as there were available spaces. David notes that "the strength of interest and the very high quality of the application pool demonstrates a significant need for programming of this type."

The Hubbard Program consists of intensive classes, workshops, and other activities intended to build skills in legal analysis, legal writing and the study of legal concepts. This year many of the classes, workshops and writing exercises in the Hubbard Program will focus on the issue of combating international terrorism under U.S. and international law.

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 -- all crucial for students interested in becoming lawyers. It will also include special lectures by legal professionals, visits to courts and other legal venues, and workshops in LSAT preparation.

N. William Hines, dean of the UI College of Law, noted the program's excellent fit with the college's traditional goals and curriculum.

"We have long sought to attract to Iowa students from historically underrepresented groups in our society, and train them to become top-notch legal professionals," Hines said. "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."

The UI and its College of Law have a distinguished national reputation. 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.

The college has a long tradition of outreach and support to traditionally underrepresented student populations. In 1879, Iowa became one of the first law schools to graduate an African-American and in 1873 one of the first law schools to graduate a woman. For more than 20 years the college has hosted weekend pre-law conferences targeted towards underrepresented minority populations and women; it is also a participant and past host of the CLEO (Council on Legal Education Opportunity) Program.