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Our Commitment to Accuracy and Transparency in Employment Reporting
The general public, including current and prospective law students, alumni, and entities such as the American Bar Association (“ABA”) and US News & World Report all rely on our JD employment data in evaluating the strength of our law school. Therefore, to maximize public trust in our employment data, we strive to report our employment data in a manner that is both transparent and accurate.
The Transparency of Our Employment Data
In accordance with ABA guidelines, we provide detailed raw employment data for each graduating class as of 9 months after graduation. To further the transparency and usefulness of our employment data, we go beyond ABA requirements in several respects, including transparent publication of the salary data we are able to collect and aggregate information on the regions where our new graduates go to work. Recognizing the transparency of the employment data we provide on this website, National Jurist gave the Sturm College of Law an “A” grade in an article that graded law schools on employment transparency. More than 50% of the nation’s law schools received grades of “D” or “F.” Finally, we make available on our website a detailed summary of our JD Class of 2011 Employment Outcomes that was produced by the National Association of Law Placement (“NALP”) and will do so for each subsequent graduating class as NALP reports become available (usually each June).
We also offer Denver Law Jobs: By the Numbers™, an interactive online tool that allows individual users to easily calculate our employment rate using a variety of preset formulas (or design their own formulas). This helps users understand the value judgments that are inherent to different employment rate formulas and to evaluate our JD graduates’ employment outcomes in ways that are most meaningful to them.
We Subject Our Employment Data to a Voluntary Sample Audit
To our knowledge, we were the first law school to voluntarily subject its employment data to an audit process. Beginning with the JD Class of 2010, our raw employment statistics have been audited 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. While the audit is performed on a sample basis, we do not control the sample. Instead, we make all of our employment outcomes and supporting documentation available to the audit department, which then selects and audits the sample. Our effort to maximize public trust in our employment reporting has been recognized in the ABA Journal. We will continue to subject our employment reporting to an audit process and we hope that other law schools will join us.