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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 5, 2006

New Interview Schedule To Help UI Law Student Careers

The University of Iowa's new Pomerantz Center will provide impressive new job interview space to help students secure jobs and summer internships in 2006 while interfering less with their academic work.

Starting later this year, 125 law firms and other employers will begin interviewing law students in the Pomerantz Center Aug. 14-19. Karen Klouda, the law school's director of career services, said the move will provide not only a more modern interview space for prospective employers, but also allow for interviews at a time of year that will make UI law students more competitive on the job market. Klouda said most other top-ranked law schools arrange to have their students interviewed in late summer, before fall semester begins. This puts Iowa law students at a disadvantage because their interviews typically can't be scheduled until mid-September, after many employers have already extended job or internship offers.

"In addition to taking advantage of the beautiful Pomerantz Center, the early interview schedule will compress most of the on campus interviewing before school begins," Klouda said. "While this will require more intensive effort and coordination by staff, employers and students, it is thought to interfere less with students' studies and other activities during the fall term."

The Pomerantz Center will also provide more comfortable and useful space for the interviews, Klouda said. Until recently, interviews were conducted in the Cannon-Gay House on Melrose Avenue, across the street from the Boyd Law Building. But Klouda said that while the 19th century house was a comfortable place for interviews, the Pomerantz Center creates a more conducive atmosphere. The new building provides lockers, changing rooms and comfortable waiting areas for students and employers, as well as online access that provides information about employers and other career resources.

The Pomerantz Center also provides space for pre-interview career development workshops, which will be held next year Aug. 9, 10 and 11.

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