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Christopher N. Lasch Clinical Teaching Fellow/Sturm College of Law

University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Colorado, United States
$57,000.00 - $65,500.00
Posted Date
Mar 28, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Education Administration & Leadership, Professional Fields, Law & Legal Studies
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Denver Law is accepting applications for our Christopher N. Lasch Clinical Teaching Fellowship Program in three of our clinics: Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, and Community Economic Development.  A fierce advocate for social justice, a nurturing teacher and mentor, and a scholar of immense range and significance, Professor Lasch held the training of future lawyers and clinical law teachers in the highest esteem.  This fellowship 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 clinical training program that includes an associated three-year course of teaching, research, and study culminating in a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree.  This graduate fellowship program in clinical legal education offers attorneys the opportunity to gain extensive practice in law school clinical teaching under the supervision of experienced clinical faculty. Fellows also complete coursework on clinical teaching methods, learn about academic legal scholarship and, with the assistance of a faculty mentor, produce publishable-quality scholarship during their residence. Fellows receive an annual stipend and are awarded an LL.M. upon their successful completion of the fellowship. It is the explicit goal of the fellowship to prepare fellows for a career in clinical teaching. 


We seek Lasch Fellows to commence in fall 2022, one to serve in each of the following three clinics: (1) the Civil Litigation Clinic (CLC), which represents low-income clients in a range of civil matters, including housing (e.g. eviction defense and termination of subsidies); domestic violence (e.g., civil protections orders); and employment (e.g., wage/hour litigation); (2) the Civil Rights Clinic (CRC), which represents incarcerated people in impact litigation challenging unconstitutional prison conditions; and (3) the Community Economic Development Clinic (CEDC), which represents nonprofit organizations, community-based associations, and small businesses on matters advancing economic development, community revitalization, and small business growth.


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 Directors of the respective clinics
  • These fellowships will commence in the summer of 2022. The fellows will directly supervise J.D. students enrolled in one of these clinics, first as a co-supervisor with clinic faculty and then on their own. The fellow also assists in teaching clinic seminars and performs work on their own client matters. Additionally, fellows enroll in a clinical pedagogy seminar and other activities designed to support an interest in clinical teaching and legal education. In addition to the above requirements, to complete the degree, the fellow must write a law review article of publishable quality.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • JD or equivalent degree 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • At least three (3) years of practice experience in relevant areas of law
  • Strong interest in clinical teaching, with 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:  Colorado permits lawyers teaching in a law school clinical program to waive into the bar.


Preferred Qualifications and Experience

  • Teaching, training, or supervision of law students or early-career lawyers
  • Experience with relevant civil matters (in the case of the CLC)
  • Experience with federal civil rights litigation (in the case of the CRC)
  • Experience with relevant transactional matters (in the case of the CEDC)


The salary for this position is $57,500 in Year 1, $60,000 in Year 2, and $62,500 in Year 3.  The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidates will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidates, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.



Lasch Fellows are eligible for the University of Denver’s comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, paid time off, tuition benefit, and ECO pass. 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 as the as subject line for the respective clinic, “Lasch Fellow/CLC”, “Lasch Fellow/CRC”, or “Lasch Fellow/CEDC”. 

  1. Resume
  2. List of at least three (3) references
  3. Statement of interest of no more than two pages addressing (a) why you are interested in the fellowship; (b) what you can contribute to the clinic in which you are interested; (c) your experience with the area(s) of law in which the clinic practices and with public interest/social justice work; (d) your future professional goals; and
    (e) anything else you consider pertinent.
  4. If applying to the Civil Rights Clinic, 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: Open until filled, with preference given to applications received before May 29, 2022. 


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