June 2, 2011
Hubbard Law School Preparation Program to welcome 10th class
The University of Iowa College of Law will host 16 undergraduate students from colleges and universities around the country this month for the 10th Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program, joining the more than 200 previous Hubbard Fellows since 2002.
Developed by UI law professor Marcella David, the Hubbard Program provides a month-long overview of what law school life is like and to learn about legal career opportunities for students from groups underrepresented in the law.
"We've had students come from as far away as New York, California and Louisiana," said David. "The reaction of each summer's Hubbard Fellows has always been overwhelmingly positive and helps us attract high-caliber students to ensure successful programs every year."
In its first nine years, 202 students have been Hubbard Fellows. More than 82 have gone on to attend law school, including about 12 at UI.
Participants are sophomores, juniors or seniors who participate in classes, skills training and other activities that 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. They also take a mock Law School Admissions Test and learn to prepare for the real test.
David said the curriculum has changed since the first program in 2002. It now offers more writing, for instance, and more field trips to law offices in large cities to show diverse practice opportunities. A dining etiquette workshop was added, as was a public engagement project. A job shadow program was added then dropped, and classes now allow for more in-depth exposure to a smaller number of legal topics, rather than lots of short classes about many topics.
"What hasn't changed is the commitment to encourage more students from underrepresented communities to consider the legal profession and prepare them for success in the application process, law school and beyond, should the law be their choice," said Sehee Foss, the law school's associate director of admission and the Hubbard Program director.
The program has also led to a growing network of Hubbard Fellow alumni.
"Many of them frequently return to Iowa to assist with the program as counselors, and we're always grateful for their assistance," said Collins Byrd, the law school's director of admission. "They also stay in touch with each other in their professional pursuits, in one instance helping a fellow who had been displaced by Hurricane Katrina."
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 who died in 2002. To learn more about Hubbard's legacy, fellows hear from his son, Peter, during each year's program.
This year's program begins Monday, June 6. Students will take classes introducing them to such fields as corporate, environmental, employment discrimination, constitutional and sports law. They'll go bowling and canoe down the Maquoketa River, visit the Faegre & Benson law firm in Minneapolis and the courthouse in Cedar Rapids. As usual, classes will be taught by UI law faculty and numerous guest speakers and lecturers.
All classes and programs will be held in the Boyd Law Building, while the fellows will live in Mayflower Residence Hall.
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