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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 28, 2004

2004 Hubbard Law School Preparation Program Set

The University of Iowa College of Law will sponsor a third year of programming for the Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program to encourage undergraduate college students from groups underrepresented in the law to consider careers as lawyers.

The 2004 program will be June 3 to July 3 at the Boyd Law Building at the University of Iowa. Applications must be received by March 15.

Marcella David, a UI law professor and director of the Hubbard Program, said participants will receive a broad introduction to the study of law, from the application process to the experiences students might have in first-year classes.

"The reaction of the Fellows who participated in our first two Hubbard programs has been overwhelmingly positive," she said. "We look forward to building on those efforts with a third group of outstanding, curious and fun participants."

Participants in the program must be sophomores, juniors or seniors in college in Fall 2004. They will participate in intensive classes, skills training and other workshops, an intensive writing curriculum, and other activities intended to build skills in legal analysis, legal writing and the study of legal concepts. Courses help develop critical reading, analytical and logical reasoning, problem solving, advocacy and listening skills.

In addition, participants will attend special lectures by professional attorneys, visit courts, police facilities, public defenders' offices and other legal venues, and prepare for the Law School Admissions Test.

Particularly encouraged to apply are students currently attending four-year public or private colleges or universities in the state of Iowa; historically black colleges or universities in the United States; American Indian tribal colleges in the United States; or predominantly Hispanic colleges or universities in the United States.

Participants live in UI campus residence halls and receive free room and a stipend, meal allowance, and course materials. Some assistance for travel expenses may also be available upon request. 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 program is funded in part by a $100,000 PLUS Grant from the Law School Admission Council, with additional funding provided by the university and the college of law. It is the only program of its type in Iowa.

Questions about the program can be directed to the Hubbard Program Committee, University of Iowa College of Law, Boyd Law Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242, or by email at Information and application materials will soon be available at the Hubbard Program website at

The Hubbard Program is named in honor of the late Philip G. Hubbard, a former UI vice president and mechanical engineering professor who was the first African-American professor at the university and a voice of conscience and caring throughout the community for more than five decades. Hubbard died in 2002.

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