Hubbard Testimonials

 

  • Prior to entering the Hubbard Law Fellowship, I had a great interest in pursuing a legal career, but wasn’t sure if law was something I was truly interested in, or just had a romanticized view of. After attending the program however, I can confidently state that I want to go to law school and become a practicing attorney. From the exposure that I gained from the classes, guest lectures, and visits to a law firm and court house, I feel that I have a good take on the positive and negatives associated with attending law school and pursuing a legal career. Through this program, I have met wonderful professors, attorneys, judges and admission officers who have helped me finalize my decision on attending law school and whom I plan to stay in contact with in the future. –Christian Hubbard (Columbia University, ’13)
  • Going into the Hubbard Program, I didn't really know what to expect. I had a general idea about what the program was about, but everything I experienced and learned in my month in Iowa far exceeded my expectations. I learned so much about different fields of law that I didn't even know existed. I was given the opportunity to speak with some of the most impressive, accomplished individuals I have ever met -- whether they were judges, professors, advisors, lawyers, or classmates, I felt truly enriched by my conversations with them. I don't know if I'll ever meet so many incredible people in such a short amount of time ever again, and I mean that sincerely! This program was everything I wanted and everything I needed to decide if law was going to be the career field for me . . . there's no better preparation. It's this complete, cohesive, inclusive, rigorous program with high expectations and highly driven participants and it was just great. There's no other way to describe it. Coming to Iowa was probably the most beneficial thing I could possibly do to learn more and prepare myself for a future career in law. –Kelsey Mollura (Cornell University, ’15)
  • When I confirmed my participation in the Hubbard Program for the summer of 2012, I expected to learn about the law, but I did not expect to learn so much about myself.   Not only was I able to begin relationships with law professors and practicing professionals, not only was I able to travel to places I have never been to before, not only did I learn how to write with improved skills and techniques (i.e., periodic constructions, thanks to Dr. Nancy Jones), I was fortunate enough to discover my passion for law before even starting law school.  I learned of the power that lies in your willingness to be challenged.   On many nights, my fellow Hubbard comrades and I would stay up late working on briefs, reading cases, writing memos, and being exposed to some aspects of law school most don’t learn until they start.  Yes, it was work, but I loved and appreciated every second of it.  For someone who was on the fence about law school, the Hubbard program gave me the clarity I needed before making one of the most important decisions of my life. –Karen Ojeda (U. of Florida, ’13)
  • The Hubbard Prep Program experience enforced my decision of wanting to go to law school. The long readings and cases that I had to analyze gave me a sensation of what it would feel like to be in an actual law school course. The Socratic Method was also something else that I was not used to. I enjoyed the Socratic Method because it made me learn in a way that I had not before; it enforced what I had studied the previous night. The Socratic Method also encouraged me to do my work with extra effort because I didn't want to get called on, and not know the answer to a question. One of my favorite courses of the program was the legal skills course, where I, along with the other Hubbard Fellows, had to advise our pretend client on what he could do in his situation. We also took a deposition of the pretend officer to help with our client’s case, and at the end we told our client his options and that ultimately, he should be the one who should decide what road he would want to take (he could have chosen from a deferred judgment or a guilty plea). It was intense work during the first weeks, but we also had time to enjoy the wonderful city of Iowa City. It's a nice college town. The University of Iowa offered free public transportation which made our trips to and from the law school much easier. The Hubbard Program proved not only to be an intense program, but an enjoyable one as well; we went canoeing, went to Minnesota to talk to lawyers from the Faegre and Benson law firm, and volunteered "Hubbard for Humanity," among other things. The Fellows proved to be very encouraging with one another throughout the whole program. We all had our own unique characteristics that set us apart, but at the same time those differences gave us a reason to learn from each other and to grow closer as a group. The friends that I gained, the skills that I gained, and the unique experience that I gained from the program made the whole Hubbard Program worthwhile! If I had to do it again, I would do it in an instant. - Marco Rodriguez (Dominican University, '13)
  • Throughout the program I was impressed at how thoroughly the professors discussed complicated ideas related to the study of law. Because of the many tips I received and hands on experience I gained while at Iowa, I am confident that I can hit the ground running when I enter law school. Moreover, the interaction with the professors and simulation of law school life made law school less of a lofty dream and more of an attainable reality. For me, the benefits of the program didn't stop there. I had the unique opportunity of meeting many determined pre-law students from around the country. I learned so much from each these individuals. Although it may sound like a cliché, over the course of the month, the program became less of a "program" and more of a family. From learning of the sacrifices of Phillip G. Hubbard, to recapturing my childhood on the Maquoketa River, to getting a feel for life at a major law firm in Minneapolis, I can say with absolute certainty that I grew as a person and a potential lawyer. For this, I will always be grateful to you and others at Iowa for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of it. - Matthew Kemelek (Morehouse College, '13)
  • I learned how to think like a lawyer, act like a lawyer and speak like a lawyer. - Rudy Sarmiento (University of Southern California, '13)
  • I truly loved the program and I wholeheartedly believe it was the experience of a lifetime. You have the opportunity to learn what areas of law interest you, what to expect in law school and most importantly, how to prepare for law school.  In addition you meet ambitious and like-minded people like yourself as well as professionals who are already working in the field you want to one day work in and can offer you advice and insight into their careers. - Leticia Mora (Florida State University, '13)
  • The Hubbard program changed my life and I am honored to have had the opportunity to participate. I learned during my time in the Hubbard Program of the broad opportunities that exist in the legal profession and of many of the demands in legal education, including those in legal research, case analysis, and legal writing.  But not only did I gain invaluable knowledge of a subject and profession I was contemplating, I also met many mentors along the way and made just as many lifelong friendships. As I enter law school, I do so confidently and with a foundation and support system that is likely matched by few, all thanks to the Hubbard program and Iowa Law School. - Mike Heilman (Iowa State University, ’10; University of Iowa College of Law, ’14)
  • I graduated from Morehouse College in 2009 and I participated in the Hubbard program in 2008, between my junior and senior years of college.  Though it was three years ago, I remember the experience vividly.  The Hubbard program was both an enlightening and enjoyable program.  Not only did I learn a great deal about the legal field and law school, but I met many long-lasting friends.  I appreciated the commitment the program had in teaching us about law while also making it interesting and engaging.  Our curriculum was always fresh.  I do not remember doing any boring assignments or being bored in class.  We always had interesting assignments and discussions in class that helped influence me to consider pursuing a career in law.   The program was also very fun outside of the class.  We went on many field trips and ate at many restaurants. I have a fond memory of traveling to an Iowa farm and helping to clean horse stables and farm equipment.  Dirty, yet fun. We even had a formal eating class to help us prepare for a luncheon we had with attorneys at John Deere.  Our program was cut short because of the major flood of 2008. It only lasted for two and half weeks instead of the full four weeks.  Even still, we managed to spend a day at a major law firm and federal courthouse in Chicago, meet the general counsel of John Deere and take numerous other field trips while learning a great deal about the legal field in the classroom.  I would recommend anyone in college who is interested in the legal field to apply to be a Hubbard Fellow.   I am now about to pursue my JD at Vanderbilt Law School and Hubbard definitely influenced me to pursue this career route. - Mikhal Wright (Morehouse College, ’09; Vanderbilt University Law School, ’14)
  • Participating in the Hubbard Program during the summer of 2008 was the single most important step I could have taken in preparation for the rigors of applying to law school and beyond. Had it not been for the professors and directors I met during that time, I can say without a doubt I would not be attending the University of Iowa College of Law this fall. Not only did I get a clearer picture of the application process in terms of the LSAT and what admissions committees look for in an applicant, I also learned what a typical class as a 1L was like. The professors that participated in the program treated us as though we were actual law students, giving the whole experience more potency and purpose. I never felt as though I was doing a mock internship that only slightly resembled law school; the expectations were not diminished based on our undergrad status.  The professors I met, as well as my fellow participants, still continue to be large part of my life. I keep in touch with them regularly and count them among some of my closest friends. Although our group faced logistical challenges due to the floods that took over Iowa during that summer, I still feel as though I received the full benefit of the program. Spending time in a Federal court room, interacting with attorneys in Chicago, and participating first hand in the Socratic method of teaching were all invaluable experiences that I will take with me as I embark on my journey through law school at Iowa. - Dana Judas (University of Iowa, ’10; University of Iowa College of Law, ’14)
  • Being a lawyer is more than what you see on your typical Law & Order show. It’s taking countless practice tests and pushing yourself to attain that score for the LSAT. It is more than receiving three years of intense education.  It’s being a victim of the Socratic Method, but also mastering your public speaking skills. It’s being able to see from the eye of the other.  The Hubbard fellow Program taught me this; it equipped me with the tools and the right people to answer my questions about law school.  Imagine taking classes about subjects that you love from people who might become your future professors. The Hubbard program helps you get the best of both worlds. I am glad that I did it! - Phanuelle Duchatelier (Calvin College, ’12)
  • At the Hubbard Law School Prep Program, I was given the opportunity to discover my dreams! By taking intense courses and meeting some of the distinguished faculty at the University of Iowa College of Law, I learned that the legal field was a career that I could see myself in 5 to 10 years from now. This experience has helped me to grow as an individual and has left me with a sense of purpose to go out and make this world a better place. - J.V. Souffrant (Brandeis University, ’13)
  • The Hubbard Program was an amazing experience. In addition to providing a valuable glimpse at Law School classes, it introduced me to and allowed me to befriend one of the most talented and intelligent groups of people I’ve ever met. I highly recommend this program to anyone thinking of attending Law School. - Anna-Lisa Macon (Brandeis University, ’12, University of Pennsylvania, '15)
  • For me, the Hubbard Program was the single most influential undergraduate experience I had.  I not only found life-long mentors, but the program pushed me to realize that an abstract idea of becoming a lawyer could become a reality for someone with my unique background. The four-week long arduous yet enriching process abundantly prepared me for my first year in law school. The Socratic method of teaching, hours of reading, and final exam at the end mirrored my law school experience. The program also greatly prepared me for the process of entering law school by bringing in top professionals from each phase of the process, including LSAT prep, law school applications, and financial aid. - Mattie Clay (Grinnell, ’08; University of Iowa College of Law, ’13)
  • Hubbard taught me first-hand what paths lay ahead of me on my road to becoming an attorney, whether it was completing case briefs until 2 in the morning or meeting with attorneys and judges for the first time. Hubbard gave me an amazing chance to meet others like me who have the same passion for practicing the law and who I am fortunate enough to call my friends. - Lovelyn Folashade (Emory University, ’11)
  • My participation in the program was very insightful. The classes and seminars reinforced my motivation to attend law school. The workshops made the application process much easier and allowed me to receive valuable feedback on my personal statement. Further, I loved interacting within a diverse group of students from across the country and world. My peers challenged me, exposed me to different viewpoints, and, at the end of the month, I walked away from the program with a new set of friends who had nothing but promising futures. I appreciate the Hubbard program for revealing to me the rigor of law school and how to prepare for such rigor, showing me the practical side of a legal education through courthouse and legal firm visits, and for allowing me to work with peers from all corners of the country. - Averie Maldonado (St. Mary’s University, ’11; George Washington University Law School, ’14)
  • The Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program taught me to reassess my basic analytic skills, and hone in on a more detailed understanding of linguistics in a legal sense. This skill has also allowed me to be direct, and clear, which I believe is essential in any occupation. Therefore, this program has given me a skill that I will cherish, whether my future is to be in the legal field or not. - James Vamboi (Indiana University of Pennsylvania, ‘11)
  • The Hubbard Program literally changed the course of my life.  I was an indecisive undergraduate in a major I disliked with no career path in sight. Nothing seemed to fit until summer 2003, when I had the opportunity to participate in the Hubbard Program.  As someone who does not have a single lawyer in her family, my notion of the profession was entirely a function of my prime-time TV-watching schedule.  The Hubbard Program dispelled and clarified and encouraged and enlightened.  I took my first LSAT. I was a student in a legal classroom, and had my first taste of the Socratic Method.  I met with practitioners and judges.  Perhaps most amazingly of all, during the Program, my class of Fellows visited a law firm in Chicago, and that Firm -- six years later, after I graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law -- hired me as a first-year associate.  I cannot speak highly enough about this Program and what it has meant to me. - Zoya Arora (Iowa State University, ’05; University of Iowa College of Law, ’09; McDermott Will & Emery LLP)
  • I loved every minute of the Hubbard Program. I had hands-on experience of what it's like to be in law school by taking rigorous law classes to sharpen my legal writing, critical reading, and research skills. There were also great networking opportunities meeting attorneys from top law firms around the country from Iowa City, to Chicago, and North Carolina. I recommend this program to anyone who wants to go to law school. - Dominique Booker (Anderson University, ’09; University of Iowa College of Law, ’12)