American Bar Association Employment Summary Report for the Class of 2011

J.D. Class of 2011 Employment Statistics – 9 Months after Graduation1
287 Graduates

Total percentage of employed graduates 96.6%2

To calculate our employment rate using formulas used by Denver Law, US News & World Report, the National Association of Law Placement, Law School Transparency, National Jurist or to design your own formula, check out our new interactive tool, Denver Law Jobs: By the Numbers™.

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

Law Firms 34%
Business and Industry 23%
Public Interest 12%
Government 11%
Academia 11%
Judicial Clerkship 9%
Employer Type Unknown <1%

Salary Information 3

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

All Reported Full Time Salaries (Our salary statistics are based on obtaining full time salaries from 39% of the class, which were reported or publicly available. Equation: 112 known salaries divided by 287 JD graduates in the class = 39% of the class):

Mean $70,922
Median $57,500
75th Percentile $88,625
25th Percentile $49,000
Range $30,000 – $350,0004

Private Sector: including positions in law firms, business and industry (based on the 73 salaries reported or publicly available for graduates employed in the private sector, which represents 25% of the class. Equation: 73 known private sector salaries divided by 287 JD graduates in the class = 25% of the class):

Mean $81,466
Median $75,000
75th Percentile $105,000
25th Percentile $51,000
Range $30,000 – $350,000

Public Service: including government positions, judicial clerkships, academic posts, or positions with non-profit advocacy or cause-oriented organizations (based on the 39 salaries reported or publicly available for graduates employed in public service, which represents 14% of the class. Equation: 39 known public sector salaries divided by 287 JD graduates in the class = 14% of the class):

Mean $51,185
Median $50,000
75th Percentile $53,000
25th Percentile $47,000
Range $36,000 – $120,000

Geographic Location of Employed Graduates

(Regional Information calculated by dividing the total number of jobs in each geographic category by the total number of employed graduates. Total exceeds 100% due to rounding.)

Interested in more detailed employment data? See our report from the National Association for Law Placement for the class of 2011.

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)
2%
E. South Central
(AL, KY, MS, TN)
<1%
W. South Central
(AR, LA, OK, TX)
1%
Mountain
(AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY)
88%
Pacific
(AK, CA, HI, OR, WA)
3%
Location Unknown 1%

(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.

(2) For the class of 2011, we calculated 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 (including those with deferred offers) and those pursuing full time degrees were not included in the calculation. This formula resulted in a 96.6% employment rate. Note that our online tool, Denver Law Jobs: By the Numbers™, calculates our class of 2011 employment rate at 94%, which is a result of our decision in 2013 to begin excluding non-professional jobs from our employment rate calculation. In past years, like most schools, and consistent with ABA reporting standards, we included nonprofessional positions in our employment rate.

(3): 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.

(4): $350,000 is not a typical salary for a new law graduate.