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WRITER: MARTI TIEDEMAN
CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
e-mail: melvin-shaw@uiowa.edu

Release: March 22, 2000

'Bridging the Gap' program exposes minority students to opportunities in law

IOWA CITY-- Registration forms are still being taken for the Friday, March 24 "Bridging the Gap," minority pre-law conference that introduces minority students to opportunities in the legal profession. The conference at the University of Iowa College of Law begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday and concludes with a dinner at 5:45 p.m.

The 23rd annual program will feature sessions on Law School Admissions Test preparation, selecting a law school and opportunities in law financial aid. Attendees will view a mock law class and a minority lawyers' panel, as well as attend a writing workshop. UI law professors and alumni, invited guests and Iowa City community lawyers will speak on various subjects, and representatives from law schools, including Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Washington University will be present at the day's recruitment fair.

"Bridging the Gap is an important opportunity for students of color to be introduced to the field of law, to see what it can offer and to then be informed about how to pursue it," says Camille deJorna, Director of UI Law Admissions.

The conference is $15 for UI students and $30 for non-students. For more conference information, call (319) 335-6697.