ABA Required Disclosures

Nationally, the transparency and veracity of law school employment data has come under a great deal of scrutiny. Not only are we proud of Denver Law’s improved employment rate, but we are equally proud of the accuracy and transparency of our statistics.

For the second year in a row, we voluntarily subjected our employment statistics to an audit on a sample basis by the University of Denver’s Office of Institutional Compliance & Internal Audit, an independent office reporting directly to the Audit Committee of the University of Denver’s Board of Trustees. The auditors concluded there was no evidence of misconduct in our employment reporting. This is not surprising to us, of course. But letting the world know that our data can be trusted is important to us. And we hope that other schools follow our lead.

In the interest of transparency, our website contains all of the information that the ABA requires and more. We report the number of jobs by job category (bar admission required; JD advantage; professional; and nonprofessional), as well as the number of full time, part time, short term and long term jobs in each category. In addition, while the ABA did not request salary data for the class of 2011, we provide salary information, including the total number of salaries that were reported. We also report the number of our graduates’ jobs which were law school funded (27, mostly judicial fellows) and the number of our graduates whose employment status is unknown (3).

Our efforts to be accurate and transparent in our employment reporting are being noticed. In fact, the March 2012 issue of The National Jurist gave Denver Law an “A” for the transparency of the employment data we report on our website. (In this survey, more than 50% of the nation’s law schools received grades of “D” or “F.”)