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Release: April 27, 2000

UI law graduates achieve 99 percent employment rate for second straight year

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- All indications point to a good year for University of Iowa College of Law graduates seeking employment. According to a new report from the college's career services office, 99 percent of each of the last two graduating classes have found employment within nine months of graduation.

Based on continually increasing interest among legal recruiters in coming to campus to interview UI students, Karen Klouda, director of the career services office, said she expects the Class of 2000 to fare just as well. "The current market continues to be strong," she said, as evidenced by a sizable jump in the number of campus visits by recruiters to 263 in 1999-2000 from 245 in 1998-99.

Those campus visits translate into jobs for UI law graduates. Following graduation, 99 percent of 1999 UI law graduates were either employed or pursuing another degree. A majority of graduates -- 67 percent -- stayed in the Midwest, with 32 percent choosing to remain in Iowa. The top five states in which 1999 Iowa law graduates are working are Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, California and Missouri.

Klouda notes that UI law graduates stay in the Midwest by choice, not for lack of opportunities elsewhere. In the 1998-99 academic year, nearly a quarter of the recruiters who conducted on-campus interviews at the UI represented employers outside the Midwest.

The average salary for 1999 UI law graduates working in Iowa was $38,646, but for those who left the state, the average salary reached $59,920.

Of the 203 members of the Class of 1999, 103 took jobs in private practice, with an average salary of $62,269. Other areas in which UI law graduates found jobs are business, where the average salary was $57,306, judicial clerkships, with an average salary of $34,883, government, with an average salary of $39,541, and public interest, with an average salary of $26,650.

Job placement statistics for the Class of 2000 will be compiled nine months after the college's May graduation.