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Release: March 27, 2001

Prospective law students are invited to UI's Bridging the Gap program

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Minorities interested in attending law school are invited to attend the 24th annual Bridging the Gap Minority Pre-Law Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Friday, March 30, sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Law. Judith Reed, a civil rights attorney with the Civil Rights Division, Voting Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, is the event's featured dinner speaker.

During the program, participants attend a mock class taught by a law professor, participate in writing and other workshops, receive presentations on the law admission exam and the application process, and receive information about financial aid opportunities.

Last year more than 70 students benefited from the conference, which also exposes students to the law classroom environment and illustrates the types of law school programs in addition to opportunities available to them in law-related fields, said Camille deJorna, director of admissions and assistant to the dean.

The cost to attend the conference is $30 to the public. University of Iowa students may attend free of charge. Participants must complete a registration form obtainable from the law school at: Bridging the Gap Director, 296 Boyd Law Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1113. The registration fee does not include housing; however, a list of available motels and hotels will be provided upon request.

To register, contact Jessica Diers at (319) 335-9142. For more information about the conference, contact Camille deJorna, (319) 335-9095.