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Christopher N. Lasch Clinical Teaching Fellow - Civil Rights Clinic - Sturm College of Law

Sturm College of Law
Denver, Colorado
The salary for this position is $70,000 in Year 1, $72,500 in Year 2, and $75,000 in Year 3.
Posted Date
Apr 11, 2023

Position Summary

The Christopher N. Lasch Clinical Teaching Program at the Sturm College of Law prepares talented and dedicated individuals to serve as future full-time clinical faculty members at U.S. law schools. Christopher N. Lasch Clinical Teaching Fellows (“Lasch Fellows”) undertake a rigorous training program involving assignment to a particular clinic within the Student Law Office and an associated three-year course of teaching, research, and study culminating in an LL.M. degree. 

We seek a Lasch Fellow in the Civil Rights Clinic (“CRC”), which represents incarcerated individuals in impact litigation challenging unconstitutional prison conditions. The successful candidate would commence their responsibilities on June 15, 2023, to correspond with the start of the summer academic term..

During the course of the Program, Lasch Fellows enroll in a seminar focused on clinical pedagogy; supervise clinical students, first as co-supervisors with full-time clinical faculty and then on their own; assist in teaching clinical seminars; engage in client representation; and prepare one or more scholarly articles of publishable quality. Lasch Fellows receive an annual stipend and are awarded LL.M. degrees upon their successful completion of their fellowships.   

Key Responsibilities

  • Supervision of second- and third-year law students, with the goals of training students to become ethical, effective, and compassionate advocates and of delivering outstanding client representation
  • Classroom teaching and curriculum development, in collaboration with the faculty of the Civil Rights Clinic.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • JD or equivalent degree.  Excellent written and oral communication skills. At least three (3) years of practice experience in federal civil rights litigation. A commitment to inclusive teaching methods designed to effectively engage a diverse student population. Membership in the Colorado Bar or willingness to petition for admission prior to the start date of the fellowship.
  • Note: Lawyers teaching in a law school clinical program are permitted to waive into the Colorado bar, upon application.  

Preferred Qualifications and Experience

  • Teaching, training, or supervision of law students or early-career lawyers Experience/familiarity with prison litigation.
  • Benefits: Lasch Fellows are covered by the University of Denver’s Student Health Insurance Plan, available exclusively to students at the University of Denver who are actively enrolled in an on-campus, degree-seeking program, and are also eligible for a transit pass and certain benefits offered by the University. Lasch Fellows receive a waiver of all tuition and fees associated with the LL.M. program in which they are enrolled, as well as a professional development budget. As full-time students, Lasch Fellows also may qualify for deferment of their student loans and/or loan repayment assistance from their law schools. 
  • How to Apply

    To apply, please email the following application materials to Laurie Saraceno (Administrative Director, Clinical Programs) at, using “Lasch Fellow / CRC” as the subject line.

  • Resume. List of at least three (3) references. Statement of interest of no more than two (2) pages addressing (a) why you are interested in the fellowship; (b) what you can contribute to the CRC; (c) your experience with the area(s) of law in which the CRC practices and with public interest/social justice work; (d) your future professional goals; and (e) anything else you consider pertinent. A writing sample that represents recent, challenging legal work. The writing sample should not be a collaborative work or a document significantly edited by someone else.
  • Deadline: The application deadline is May 1, 2023, with applications considered on a rolling basis. 
  • The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. The university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement can be found here

    All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

    Applications close: Open until filled.

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