University of Denver Sturm College of Law – Environmental Law Clinic - Christopher N. Lasch Clinical Teaching Fellow

15 Mar 2023 1:32 PM | Jeff Baker (Administrator)

THE UNIVERSITY OF DENVER STURM COLLEGE OF LAW is a national leader in experiential learning, whose innovative and highly respected clinical program ranks in the Top 10 in the nation. Located in a dynamic and beautiful urban setting, the Sturm College of Law features an outstanding and diverse student body, a motivated and highly professional staff, a faculty that includes some of the most accomplished legal scholars in the nation, and roughly 17,000 alumni who have achieved careers of distinction in law, business, government, public interest, and other professional domains.

The Sturm College of Law was the first law school in the nation to offer academic credit to students for representing indigent clients. Today, its Student Law Office provides second- and third-year law students the opportunity to refine their lawyering skills and professional identity while providing outstanding legal representation to clients in seven in-house clinics: advancing social change; civil litigation; civil rights; community economic development; criminal defense; environmental law; and immigration law and policy.

Position Summary
The salary for this position is $70,000 in Year 1, $72,500 in Year 2, and $75,000 in Year 3.

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 benefitsoffered 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. 

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 ELC; (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.
  • (e) anything else you consider pertinent.
  • 4.   A writing sample that represents recent, challenging legal work.
Applications close: Open until filled.

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 to commence in summer 2023 in the Environmental Law Clinic (ELC), which works to protect impacted communities, wild places, and wildlife from pollution, environmental exploitation, and overdevelopment and to train the next generation of lawyers and advocates to shape the future of environmental protection.

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 ELC

Required Qualifications and Experience

·      JD or equivalent degree 

·      Excellent written and oral communication skills

·      At least three (3) years of practice experience

·      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

o   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 with litigation in state or federal courts, specifically plaintiff-side litigation

·      Experience working in the area of environmental law


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.


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

Deadline: The application deadline is April 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.


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