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January 05, 2008

A Law School Career Counseling Office Making Housecalls?

This initiative really impressed me.  Imagine if your law school career counseling officer came to visit you after graduation to see how you were doing and to see how they may be of further assistance in your efforts to find employment?  Wouldn't that be impressive?

Well, in Iowa that is just what they are doing.  Hat tip to Ed Wiest for alerting me to this article.

University of Iowa College of Law alumni who can't quite figure out what to do next with their careers should sit tight because UI officials will come to them.

The law school has a fairly new program where an official from the college travels across Iowa and around the country to meet face-to-face with graduates to help them re-assess their careers.

"This is part of a bigger picture of what we are trying to develop, thinking about the admission process all the way through alumni life about how students think about and act on career choices," said Steve Langerud, the college's associate dean for career services who helped launch the program and now leads it.

Since the program began last spring, Langerud has met with about 100 alumni in Iowa and cities such as Phoenix, Denver, Washington, D.C., and Salt Lake City. Langerud expects to counsel 200 to 250 alumni a year when the program is fully implemented.

I wonder how many T1 schools are doing this type of initiative?  If you are a reader from UI would love to know your experiences.  And if you have a story to tell about your career counseling office please share.  You can do so anonyomously, too.  But this is a huge issue for law schools and students and shouldn't be kept quiet.


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That rooftop shot almost made me nostalgic. I am glad my alma mater is taking this initiative. There is so much career services can and should do for students beyond internships and first job searches to help them with long-term professional development. And there is a lot to be learned from the alums' stories.

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