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University of Iowa News Release

May 6, 2004

Former Hubbard Fellow Now UI Law Student

In 2002, Lauren Scott was among the first fellows in the Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program at the University of Iowa College of Law. Today, she's wrapping up her first year as a law student at the law school.

"The Hubbard program was a fantastic opportunity to see how law school works," said Scott, who was at the time an undergraduate student at Iowa State University. "It made me comfortable with my choice to attend law school and become an attorney."

The Hubbard Program will hold its fourth fellowship this year from June 2 to July 2 at the UI College of Law. The program is intended for current undergraduate students from groups historically underrepresented in the law, introduces them to law school and encourages them to consider careers in the field. The program was first offered in 2002 drawing 25 undergraduates from across the country to Iowa. Two of those first fellows are now UI law students, and Scott said her participation in the program was an important part of her decision making.

"It gave me an idea that the Iowa law school was right for me," said Scott, a 2000 graduate of Des Moines Roosevelt High School. "It showed me that students from underrepresented groups can get a fair chance at Iowa and that the law school and the entire university make diversity a priority. It also gave me a chance to get to know some of the faculty members, who can sometimes seem intimidating to law students. Developing those relationships beforehand was helpful when I came as a first-year student."

"It is great to have Lauren here at Iowa," said Marcella David, law professor and coordinator of the Hubbard Program. "The Hubbard Fellows we've hosted the past three years have been doing remarkable things. Some are in law school, while others are pursuing other dreams, from teaching in public schools, to pursuing graduate work. All are leaders, and we are proud of them all."

Scott came to the Iowa law school over Ohio State and Northwestern in part because of her Hubbard Fellowship. She said being a Hubbard Fellow was hard work, with homework and research papers and daily reading, and provided what she thought was a good idea on the amount of work required of a law student.

"Still, I was surprised by the amount of work I've had to do as a student," she laughed. "Nothing prepares you for that."

The program is named for Philip G. Hubbard, the 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 January 2002.

Other activities the Hubbard fellows participate in are intensive classes, skills training and other workshops, a writing curriculum introducing them to legal writing, and other activities intended to build skills in legal analysis and the study of legal concepts. Courses help develop critical reading, analytical and logical reasoning, problem solving, advocacy and listening skills. They will practice with the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) with tips on how to prepare for the real test. In the past, students have taken field trips to law offices, district attorney offices and courthouses, and met with alumni who currently work in the field.

All classes and programs will be held in the Boyd Law Building, while the Fellows will live in Mayflower Residence Hall.

The Hubbard Program is the only program of its type in Iowa and 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.

This year's program includes a trip to Chicago to meet with alumni working at the firm of McDermott, Will and Emory and in the U.S. Attorney's Office. They will also meet with law students at Chicago-Kent Law School and with other minority law school alumni in the area. They will also meet some of Hubbard's family members: Rick, who lives in Chicago, and Peter, assistant director of academic services in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, who will deliver the keynote address at the opening luncheon.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu.