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Oct. 8, 2008

Law school to help winter newbies prepare for what's about to come

Frost. Snow. Wind chill.

Pretty normal things for Iowans and anyone else who grew up in a place where winter makes an annual appearance. But for first-year University of Iowa law students who hail from warmer climes, they're still just vague ideas.

And for those who don't have the proper clothes, they can be pretty painful, too. So the law school is helping those winter newbies prepare for their first Midwest winter with a shopping trip for winter-wear at the Coral Ridge Mall planned for later this week.

"It's tough this time of year for a lot of these students because it's getting cold, but they aren't sure what clothes to get and aren't sure where to get them," said Brian Farrell, the law school's academic achievement director who's organizing the shopping trip.

The students will also be accompanied by upper class law students who have endured winters before and can help find the right coats, hats, gloves and boots. As a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, Farrell can offer his insight, too.

Farrell said the trip will also help students still not familiar with the Iowa City shopping scene, or who don't have transportation. Some of the international students in the Master's of Law (LLM) program might also have cultural or language issues that prevent them from getting the clothes they need, Farrell said.

The students will leave the Boyd Law Building for Coral Ridge Mall at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9.

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