Job Description

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Posting Numberreq9610
Employment TypeFaculty
Faculty TypeOpen Rank
Hiring DepartmentSchool of Law (588A)
Academic LocationSchool of Law
CampusMain - Albuquerque, NM
Benefits EligibleThe University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for more information.
Position Summary

The University of New Mexico School of Law invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position in its Economic Justice Clinic, starting in the Fall of 2020. The Economic Justice Clinic works to reduce structural inequality and promote equitable economic development in low-income communities through direct representation of individuals and legal support for community-based organizing efforts in the areas of workers’ rights, housing, and grassroots entrepreneurship. The School of Law’s Clinical Law Program is widely regarded to be among the finest in the country. It is committed to serving low-income clients, increasing access to justice for those historically underserved, and to social justice advocacy.

We value candidates from diverse backgrounds and perspectives as we work toward enriching our students’ learning through inclusion and enhancing the faculty’s academic mission of research, teaching, service, and community engagement in New Mexico, the United States, and the world. Women in the STEM disciplines, under- represented racial and ethnic minorities, groups historically marginalized in American life, individuals with disabilities, and those from rural origins, first-generation college experience, and veteran status are encouraged to apply for the opportunity to be part of a university-wide priority on excellence-and-equity across all dimensions of the academic mission.

Entry-level and experienced clinicians are encouraged to apply. Academic rank and salary will be based on experience and qualifications but the position is tenured or tenure-track.

Ideal candidates will possess one or more of the following:

  • Demonstrated interest in social justice advocacy and serving New Mexico’s vulnerable communities.

  • Commitment to serving low income and/or historically underserved clients, reducing structural inequality and promoting equitable economic development in low-income communities and providing legal support for community-based organizing efforts.

  • Significant law practice experience in workers’ rights, housing, grassroots entrepreneurship and/or increasing economic equity for low-wealth communities.

Clinic faculty positions involve teaching primarily in the clinical law program, with additional opportunities to teach elsewhere in the curriculum. Clinic faculty supervise students in all aspects of direct client representation and community-based projects, and teach clinical skills classes. The Clinical Law Program operates five clinical sections: the Community Lawyering Clinic, the Economic Justice Clinic, the Natural Resources and Environmental Law Clinic, the Southwest Indian Law Clinic, and our Child and Family Justice Clinic. Here is a description of the Economic Justice Clinic:

Offering a J.D. degree, cross-disciplinary dual degrees, and a Masters of Legal Studies, the UNM School of Law is nationally recognized for innovative classes that combine law practice skills training with doctrinal instruction and a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

For information about the University of New Mexico School of Law and to learn more about Albuquerque, please follow the link provided:


Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must possess a J.D. or equivalent legal degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A record of demonstrated excellence or the promise of excellence in teaching, supervising, or mentoring law students or beginning attorneys.
  • A record of demonstrated excellence or the promise of excellence in academic scholarship.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

Application InstructionsAll applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and list of references (faculty/exec) to the UNM Jobs website.

Applicants who are appointed to a UNM faculty position are required to provide an official certification of successful completion of all degree requirements prior to their initial employment with UNM.

For Best ConsiderationFor best consideration, please apply by 9/22/2019. This position will remain open until filled.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.


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