American Bar Association Employment Summary Report for the Class of 2010

J.D. Class of 2010 Employment Statistics
347 graduates profiles

Employment Percentages 9 Months after Graduation*

Total percentage of employed graduates 90.5%**

For graduates known to be employed, rounded percentage working in the following types of employment:

Law Firms 39%
Business and Industry 19%
Government 22%
Public Interest 7%
Judicial Clerkship 9%
Academia 4%
Employment Type Unknown 1%

* At our initiative, these 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.

** Note: We calculate the percentage of graduates employed 9 months after graduation by dividing the total number of graduates employed in any capacity (legal, nonlegal, full time and part time) by the total number of graduates whose employment status is known. Graduates not seeking employment and those who have gone on to pursue additional full time degrees are not included in the calculation. We recognize that other organizations use different formulas to determine law school employment rates; however, we believe our formula more accurately reflects the employment rate of our graduates known to be in the workforce.

Salary Information

(Based on salaries of graduates in full time, long term jobs that were reported or publicly available “Full Time Salaries”)*

All Reported Salaries (based on the 122 salaries reported by employed graduates, which represents 35% of the class):**

Mean $64,859
Median $53,500
75th Percentile $80,000
25th Percentile $45,500
Range $25,000 – $160,000

Private Sector: including positions in law firms, business, industry, commerce, and banking/finance (based on the 60 salaries reported by graduates employed in the private sector, which represents 17% of the class):

Mean $79,341
Median $79,250
75th Percentile $100,000
25th Percentile $50,000
Range $25,000 – $160,000

Public Service: including government positions, judicial clerkships, academic posts, or positions with non-profit advocacy or cause-oriented organizations (based on the 62 salaries reported by graduates employed in public service, which represents 18% of the class):

Mean $50,860
Median $50,000
75th Percentile $55,000
25th Percentile $41,600
Range $32,000 – $85,000

*Includes 3 full time salaries that were not reported, but were publicly available

**While we ask all graduates who are employed in full time positions to provide their salaries, salary information is more difficult to obtain than employment status.

Geographic Location of Employed Graduates

(Regional Information)
Note: percentages are rounded

International/Other <1%
New England
(CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
<1%
Middle Atlantic
(NY, NJ, PA)
1%
E. North Central
(IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)
<1%
W. North Central
(IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD)
<1%
South Atlantic
(DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)
3%
E. South Central
(AL, KY, MS, TN)
0%
W. South Central
(AR, LA, OK, TX)
2%
Mountain
(AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY)
82%
Pacific
(AK, CA, HI, OR, WA)
6%
Location Unknown 4%