In April 2015, Colorado Law reported post-graduation employment data for its class of 2014 to the American Bar Association (ABA) and the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). A detailed description of the employment outcomes and salaries for the class of 2014 appears below.
You may review a summary of the employment outcomes of the class of 2014 by clicking on "Class of 2014 ABA Employment Summary" and/or “Class of 2014 NALP Employment Summary” to the right.
Of the 165 graduates in the Colorado Law class of 2014, 93 percent (154 graduates) reported employment ten months after graduation (March 15, 2015):
Post-graduate employment information for the Colorado Law class of 2014 was reported to the ABA and NALP in April 2015 and will be reported to U.S. News in December 2015 (outcomes as of ten months after graduation):
Consistent with transparency in reporting, we calculate overall employment percentages by dividing the number of employed graduates by the total number of graduates. This calculation's denominator includes graduates who are not seeking employment (three graduates), and those from whom no employment status could be determined (two graduates).
91 / 165 = 55.2 % employed at graduation
154 / 165 = 93.3 % employed ten months after graduation
On March 10, 2015 U.S. News & World Report released its current law school rankings, which include employment statistics from the class of 2013. For both the “employed at graduation” and “employed nine months after graduation” categories, U.S. News counted only those graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least one year for which bar passage was required, or a JD degree was an advantage.
Utilizing the U.S. News formula, 50.3 percent (83/165) of our 2014 graduates had full-time, long-term jobs at graduation for which bar passage was required or a JD degree was an advantage. This compares to 48.9 percent in the class of 2013 and 41.7 percent in the class of 2012.
Of our 2014 graduates 78.8 percent (130/165) had full-time, long-term jobs nine months after graduation for which bar passage was required, or a JD degree was an advantage. This compares to 78.4 percent in the class of 2013 and 64.0 percent in the class of 2012.
The timing of Colorado Law students accepting post-graduate employment has followed a distinct pattern over the last three years. By spring break, about one-third of students had reported a post-graduate position. By graduation, approximately half of graduates were employed. While some graduates found positions over the summer, it was more common for graduates to report accepting jobs in September and October. By mid-December of the last three years, approximately 90 percent of our graduates had found jobs.
Below are the percentages of students known to be employed on each of the following dates. Six of the class of 2014 graduates who were seeking permanent employment as of March 15, 2015 secured full-time, long term positions by April 15. Currently 83% of the class of 2013 is employed in full time law or law-related jobs lasting one year or more. 95% of the class is employed overall.
Percentage of the class of 2014 known to have accepted a post-graduate job:
Forty percent of 2014 employed graduates (62/154) are working for law firms in private practice ten months after graduation, with 92 percent of these graduates in full-time, long-term positions. Twenty-two graduates reported employment at National Law Journal 350 law firms.
Twelve percent of 2014 employed graduates (19/154) accepted judicial clerkships, which includes two federal court clerkships, 6 state appellate court clerkships, and 11 state trial court clerkships. Five of the 9 post-graduate fellows were employed with judges, so there were 24 graduates working with judges ten months after graduation.
Excluding fellows receiving school funding, 14 percent of employed graduates (22/154) are working in government, and another 11 percent (17/154) are in public interest positions, including public defender offices and non-profit organizations. Offers for some government and public interest positions, such as those with district attorney offices and city attorney offices, are typically made after graduates pass the bar exam, months after graduation.
Finally, 12 percent of 2014 employed graduates (18/154) accepted positions with businesses other than law firms including Atlas Tower, Catholic Health Initiatives, DaVita Healthcare Partners, Ernst & Young, Ever West Real Estate Partners, Goldman Sachs, and Shareholder Representative Services.
Of the 154 employed graduates from the class of 2014, 143 reported a salary. This represents 93 percent of employed graduates. These salaries represent 126 long-term jobs and 17 short-term jobs. One hundred and thirty-five of the positions are full-time, and 8 are part-time.
To maintain consistency with the 2014 NALP employment report, below we report only salaries from full-time, long-term positions held by members of the class of 2014 as of March 15, 2015 (124 salaries).
The median salary reported was $57,500 and the mean was $71,675. Twenty-five percent of the graduates reporting salaries earn $85,000 or more per year, and 25 percent of the graduates reporting salaries earn $50,000 or less per year.
With respect to salaries, our public service-focused programs, including criminal defense, are strong. The Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) is available for many graduates working in public service jobs, and the program awarded each of the 38 qualified applicants with $6,500 awards during the 2014-15 academic year.
The following charts provide detailed information about the employment outcomes for the Colorado Law class of 2014, including the number of graduates working in the private sector versus the public sector, the employment categories in which graduates were working ten months after graduation and finally, the number of graduates working in positions that require a law degree.
The salary statistics below may not match the 2014 NALP report due to reporting classification differences between ABA and NALP.
Four of the 5 graduates in the public sector reporting short-term/part-time employment are employed as post-graduate public service fellows.
*These public/private statistics do not match the 2014 NALP report. NALP classifies all academic and public interest positions as public sector, while Colorado Law classifies some academic and public interest positions as private.
Five of the 9 post-graduate part-time fellows are employed with judges and 4 with government agencies.
“Bar Required” jobs require that the graduate pass the bar and be licensed to practice law. These jobs may be in a law firm, business, government, or non-profit setting. This category also includes judicial clerks and positions that require the graduate to pass the bar after being hired.
“JD Advantage” jobs include those for which the employer sought an individual with a JD, and perhaps even required a JD, but the job itself does not require bar passage, an active law license, or involve practicing law.
An "Other Professional" position is one that requires professional skills or training but in which a JD is neither required nor particularly applicable, such as accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse, etc.
A "Nonprofessional" position is one that does not require any special professional skills or training.
One hundred and twenty-six of the 130 graduates reporting employment in the Mountain region were employed in Colorado, representing 82 percent of employed graduates.
(duplicate employers have been removed)