Employment Data for the JD Class of 2016

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 2016.

JD Class of 2016 Employment Statistics – 10 Months after Graduation
267 Graduates

Total percentage of graduates employed in professional positions 94.7%

How is Denver Law’s Employment Rate Calculated?

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252 Total 2016 JD graduates working in a professional capacity
= 94.7%
266 graduates who sought employment

Numerator: The numerator in our calculation is the number of 2016 JD graduates who were working as of March 15, 2017 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 2016 class, this figure amounts to 4 excluded positions.

Denominator: The denominator in our calculation reflects the number of 2016 JD graduates known to be in the workforce as of March 15, 2017. Consistent with the practice of the United States Department of Labor, we excluded from the denominator the 1 graduate who was not known to be seeking employment as of that date. Specifically, we excluded 1 graduate whose employment status was unknown.

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

Law Firms 42%
Business and Industry 14%
Public Interest 4%
Government 29%
Education 1%
Judicial Clerkship 10%
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 66% of the class, which were reported or publicly available. Equation: 175 known salaries divided by 267 JD graduates in the class = 66% of the class):

Mean $66,669
Median $58,240
75th Percentile $68,750
25th Percentile $50,000
Range $25,000 – $180,000

Private Sector: including positions in law firms, business and industry (based on the 87 salaries reported or publicly available for graduates employed in the private sector, which represents 33% of the class. Equation: 87 known private sector salaries divided by 267 JD graduates in the class = 33% of the class):

Mean $74,330
Median $65,000
75th Percentile $92,500
25th Percentile $50,000
Range $25,000 – $180,000

Public Service: including government positions, judicial clerkships, academic posts, or positions with non-profit advocacy or cause-oriented organizations (based on the 88 salaries reported or publicly available for graduates employed in public service, which represents 33% of the class. Equation: 88 known public sector salaries divided by 267 JD graduates in the class = 33% of the class):

Mean $57,107
Median $57,000
75th Percentile $62,412
25th Percentile $48,252
Range $37,000 – $112,000

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 – 3
(NY, NJ, PA)
1.1%
E. North Central – 2
(IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)
0.7%
W. North Central – 2
(IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD)
0.7%
South Atlantic – 4
(DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)
1.5%
E. South Central – 1
(AL, KY, MS, TN)
0.4%
W. South Central – 4
(AR, LA, OK, TX)
1.5%
Mountain – 234
(AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY)
87.6%
Pacific – 5
(AK, CA, HI, OR, WA)
1.9%
International/Other – 0 0.0%
Unknown – 0 0.0%