The University of Iowa College of Law, with generous support from The University of Iowa, is pleased to offer the Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program. This program seeks to support diversity in the legal profession by inspiring students from groups historically under-represented in the law to become lawyers and by providing them with the skills and assistance that will strengthen their preparation for law school.
Whether students are interested in the University of Iowa College of Law or in learning more about legal careers and the law school experience in general, the Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program is an opportunity worth considering.
The four weeks spent as a Hubbard Fellows provides the opportunity to learn about:
- Areas of law and legal careers, through presentations and courses, practical lawyering exercises, and visits with practicing lawyers
- The legal profession’s tradition of service, engagement and commitment to justice
- The law school experience and how to apply to law school
- The tradition of excellence and access that is unique to the University of Iowa College of Law
Hubbard Fellows gain a solid foundation for law school and enhance their undergraduate experience by:
- Learning about analysis through critical reading and other exercises
- Improving writing in a specialized workshop that draws on the writing traditions of the UI
- Improving study skills by learning new strategies for success
The Hubbard program is suspended for 2014 and will resume in 2015.
Student participants in the program are designated as Hubbard Fellows in honor of Dr. Philip G. Hubbard, former University Vice President and professor of mechanical engineering. Professor Hubbard, who died in January 2002, was an African-American professor at The University of Iowa and a voice of conscience and caring throughout the University community for over five decades. Previous Hubbard fellows have gone on to study law at The University of Iowa and other institutions.
Especially encouraged to apply are students attending a four-year public or private college in the state of Iowa, and students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges. However, all interested students currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate program should apply. Students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for the program.
Participation in the Hubbard program is voluntary. Students may withdraw their application or participation in the program at any time. However, early departure needs to be approved by the Program Director and preference will be given to those students who can attend on a full-time basis. Please be aware that some programming is scheduled during the evenings and on weekends.
The University of Iowa and the College of Law have a distinguished national reputation. Throughout its history, the College of Law has been a leader among the nation's law schools. Founded in 1865, it is the oldest law school west of the Mississippi River. It is consistently ranked among the top law schools in the country. In 1879, Iowa became one of the first law schools to graduate an African-American student and in 1873 one of the first law schools to graduate a woman student. Today, The University of Iowa continues this history of diversity. It serves as a repository, teaching and research center for a renowned collection of African art and host to many cultural and multi-cultural events. To get a feeling for what Iowa has to offer, please see our Community pages.
Hubbard Program Committee
University of Iowa College of Law
Law Admissions Building
320 Melrose Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52242