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JD Class of 2017

Employment Data for the JD Class of 2017

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 2017.

JD Class of 2017 Employment Statistics – 10 Months after Graduation
252 Graduates

Total percentage of graduates employed in professional positions 93.4%

How is Denver Law’s Employment Rate Calculated?

To calculate our employment rate with 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 interactive tool, Denver Law Jobs: By the Numbers™.

227 Total 2017 JD graduates working in a professional capacity
 

= 93.4%

243 graduates who sought employment

Numerator: The numerator in our calculation is the number of 2017 JD graduates who were working as of March 15, 2018 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 2017 class, this figure amounts to 0 excluded positions.

Denominator: The denominator in our calculation reflects the number of 2017 JD graduates known to be in the workforce as of March 15, 2018. Consistent with the practice of the United States Department of Labor, we excluded from the denominator the 9 graduates who was not known to be seeking employment as of that date. Specifically, we excluded 6 graduates whose employment status was Not Employed/Not Seeking and 3 graduates whose status was unknown.

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

Law Firms 44%
Business and Industry 11%
Public Interest 4%
Government 29%
Education 1%
Judicial Clerkship 11%
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 67% of the class, which were reported or publicly available. Equation: 168 known salaries divided by 252 JD graduates in the class = 67% of the class):

Mean $76,040
Median $60,000
75th Percentile $85,500
25th Percentile $52,278
Range $32,000 – $255,000

Private Sector: including positions in law firms, business and industry (based on the 88 salaries reported or publicly available for graduates employed in the private sector, which represents 35% of the class. Equation: 88 known private sector salaries divided by 252 JD graduates in the class = 35% of the class):

Mean $94,354
Median $77,500
75th Percentile $126,125
25th Percentile $60,000
Range $32,000 – $255,000

Public Service: including government positions, judicial clerkships, academic posts, or positions with non-profit advocacy or cause-oriented organizations (based on the 80 salaries reported or publicly available for graduates employed in public service, which represents 32% of the class. Equation: 80 known public sector salaries divided by 252 JD graduates in the class = 32% of the class):

Mean $55,894
Median $56,676
75th Percentile $60,000
25th Percentile $48,375
Range $35,000 – $110,000

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 – 1
(NY, NJ, PA)
0.4%
E. North Central – 2
(IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)
0.8%
W. North Central – 5
(IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD)
2.0%
South Atlantic – 6
(DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)
2.4%
E. South Central – 2
(AL, KY, MS, TN)
0.8%
W. South Central – 6
(AR, LA, OK, TX)
2.4%
Mountain – 199
(AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY)
80.0%
Pacific – 2
(AK, CA, HI, OR, WA)
0.8%
International/Other – 0 0.0%
Unknown – 0 0.0%
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