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Release: April 27, 2000
UI law graduates achieve 99 percent employment rate for second straight
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
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.