flem wrote:I'm a little nervous on the employment/salary date that's available. For the record, I'm not interested in BigLaw and am more interested in public service or small/midlaw work.
I love Colorado and the high quality of life, but the fact that slightly less than 50% are employed at graduation is concerning. On the upside, the Denver market doesn't have the T14 guys flocking to it, and there's only one other school to compete with in the state. Also, the career services office seems to actually care, unlike other schools I've applied to.
I wish I could speak to the job market on graduation at this point, but I'm still a couple years away from that point. I do think the numbers are improving, as many of the TAs I had last semester already have offers for after graduation. Of course, this is totally sampling bias, since to be a TA you typically have to have done well enough in the course for the Prof to ask you to help out the next year, so many of the TAs are top 10%. As for everyone else about to graduate, I really have no idea.
Another thing to keep in mind is that Denver has a huge concentration of practicing attorneys per capita (something like one for every twelve or some crazy number like that.) People come to DU or CU from out of town, and end up never leaving because, as you say, Colorado has an awesome quality of life - that tends to increase the competition for jobs. That said, our career office really does seem to care: they send out tons of emails on jobs, internships, and externships; have a bunch of mentoring programs; get consistently good feedback on their resume and cover letter assistance, etc.
DU's numbers sucked all around a few years ago, but since then they've made a concerted effort to bring everything up, including admission numbers, bar passage rate, and employment stats on graduation. Add on to this that Dean Katz is extremely dedicated to producing "practice-ready" lawyers, with tons of clinics (some of the 1L writing classes actually work on real cases), externships, etc., and DU is sitting pretty good as the economy starts to creep back.