Class of 2011
J.D. Class of 2011 Employment Statistics – 9 Months after Graduation1
|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:
|Business and Industry||23%|
|Employer Type Unknown||<1%|
Salary Information 3
(Based on full time salaries that were reported or publicly available)
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):
|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):
|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):
|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.
(CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
(NY, NJ, PA)
|E. North Central
(IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)
|W. North Central
(IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD)
(DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)
|E. South Central
(AL, KY, MS, TN)
|W. South Central
(AR, LA, OK, TX)
(AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY)
(AK, CA, HI, OR, WA)
Employment Summary for 2011 Graduates 5
|Employment Status||Full Time Long Term||Full Time Short Term||Part Time Long Term||Part Time Short Term||Total Number||Percentage|
|Employed – Bar Passage Required||140||6||7||22||175||61%|
|Employed – JD Advantage||23||16||5||10||54||18.8%|
|Employed – Professional Position||19||0||2||0||21||7.3%|
|Employed – Non-Professional Position||1||0||4||2||7||2.4%|
|Employed – Undeterminable 6||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time||5||1.7%|
|Unemployed – Start Date Deferred||3||1%|
|Unemployed – Not Seeking||10||3.5%|
|Unemployed – Seeking||9||3.1%|
|Employment Status Unknown||3||1%|
|Law School/University Funded Position||Full Time Long Term||Full Time Short Term||Part Time Long Term||Part Time Short Term||Total Number|
|Of Employed – Law School/University Funded 7||1||1||26||28|
||Full Time Long Term||Full Time Short Term||Part Time Long Term||Part Time Short Term||Number|
|Business & Industry||36||15||6||3||60|
|Public Interest (including Public Defenders)||27||1||2||2||32|
|Federal Judicial Clerkships||2||0||0||0||2|
|State & Local Judicial Clerkships||21||0||0||0||21|
|Employer Type Unknown||0||0||0||0||0|
|State/# – Largest employment||Colorado||227|
|State/# – 2nd Largest employment||California||5|
|State/# – 3rd Largest employment||Texas||3|
|Number employed in foreign countries||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.
(5): Please note that some figures in the “Employment Summary for 2011 Graduates” differ slightly from the information provided in the same document available to the public by the American Bar Association at: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/statistics.html. The differences reflect newly discovered information relevant to the Sturm College of Law Class of 2011. We have asked the ABA to make these changes to our Class of 2011 Employment Summary on their website.
(6): A graduate in undeterminable category may or may not have a term defined
(7): Due to recent changes in American Bar Association (ABA) reporting requirements, our figures for law school/university funded positions differ from those reported by the ABA. The ABA is in the process of updating its figures to match ours.