Employment Data for the JD Class of 2015

American Bar Association (“ABA”) Employment Summary

Interested in more detailed employment data? See our report from the National Association for Law Placement (“NALP”) for the class of 2015.

JD Class of 2015 Employment Statistics – 10 Months after Graduation
279 Graduates

Total percentage of graduates employed in professional positions 93.3%

How is Denver Law’s Employment Rate Calculated?

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251 Total 2015 JD graduates working in a professional capacity
= 93.3%
269 graduates who sought employment

Numerator: The numerator in our calculation is the number of 2015 JD graduates who were working as of March 15, 2016 in any professional capacity (legal, nonlegal, full time, part time, long term and short term). This includes graduates working in jobs requiring bar admission, jobs where the JD provides an advantage, and other positions that require professional skills or training. We also count positions funded by the university, including short term Fellow positions in which our graduates work in substantive legal positions with judges, law school faculty, as well as government and nonprofits. (For the specific number of university funded positions, see our ABA Report.) Prior to the class of 2012, we also included nonprofessional jobs in our calculation which was consistent with reporting conventions of the American Bar Association, National Association of Law Placement and US News & World Report. Beginning with the class of 2012, however, we have excluded the nonprofessional positions. For the 2015 class, this figure amounts to 2 excluded positions.

Denominator: The denominator in our calculation reflects the number of 2015 JD graduates known to be in the workforce as of March 15, 2016. Consistent with the practice of the United States Department of Labor, we excluded from the denominator the 10 graduates who were not known to be seeking employment as of that date. Specifically, we excluded 2 graduates who were pursuing another degree program, 2 unemployed graduates who were not seeking employment, 5 graduates whose employment status was unknown and 1 graduate who had accepted a deferred offer of employment.

Rounded Percentage of Employed Graduates Working in Following Types of Employment:

Law Firms 39%
Business and Industry 19%
Public Interest 3%
Government 19%
Academia 3%
Judicial Clerkship 17%
Employer Type Unknown 0%

Salary Information

(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 57% of the class, which were reported or publicly available. Equation: 160 known salaries divided by 279 JD graduates in the class = 57% of the class):

Mean $71,140
Median $60,000
75th Percentile $80,000
25th Percentile $54,000
Range $35,000 – $160,000

Private Sector: including positions in law firms, business and industry (based on the 95 salaries reported or publicly available for graduates employed in the private sector, which represents 34% of the class. Equation: 95 known private sector salaries divided by 279 JD graduates in the class = 34% of the class):

Mean $80,720
Median $72,000
75th Percentile $100,000
25th Percentile $60,000
Range $40,000 – $160,000

Public Service: including government positions, judicial clerkships, academic posts, or positions with non-profit advocacy or cause-oriented organizations (based on the 65 salaries reported or publicly available for graduates employed in public service, which represents 23% of the class. Equation: 65 known public sector salaries divided by 279 JD graduates in the class = 23% of the class):

Mean $57,138
Median $55,000
75th Percentile $60,000
25th Percentile $52,000
Range $35,000 – $121,800

Geographic Location of Employed Graduates

(Regional information calculated by dividing the total number of employed graduates in each geographic region by the total number of graduates.)

New England – 1
(CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
0.4%
Middle Atlantic – 0
(NY, NJ, PA)
0.0%
E. North Central – 2
(IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)
1.1%
W. North Central – 3
(IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD)
1.1%
South Atlantic – 8
(DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)
2.9%
E. South Central – 1
(AL, KY, MS, TN)
0.4%
W. South Central – 6
(AR, LA, OK, TX)
2.2%
Mountain – 222
(AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY)
79.6%
Pacific – 7
(AK, CA, HI, OR, WA)
2.5%
International/Other – 3 1.1%
Unknown 0.0%