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Open Rank - Tenure-Track Law Professor

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Boulder, Colorado





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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Law School invites applications from entry-level and lateral candidates for one or more full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty positions to begin at the start of the 2024-25 academic year.

We welcome applications from candidates in all subject areas and at all levels of seniority. However, we have especially strong needs in Business/Commercial Law, Criminal Law, American Indian & Indigenous Peoples Law, Energy Law, Health Law, Intellectual Property, and Administrative Law.

We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ people, veterans, and others whose background, experience, and viewpoints would contribute to the diversity of our faculty.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

We are an engaged, diverse, and inclusive community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni who help one another succeed. Our selective admissions process keeps our student body small, enabling our faculty, staff, alumni, and community to invest deeply in each student’s success, while preserving space for innovative faculty research. Because we take our responsibility to educate and train future lawyers very seriously, our curriculum, research centers, and experiential learning opportunities are designed to prepare students for success in today’s changing legal environment. Our law school, located in one of the happiest, healthiest corners of the country, offers all members of our community top-quality engagement with the legal academy paired with top-quality of life.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The workload for this position is 40% Teaching / 40% Research / 20% Service:

  • Teaching (40%): Faculty members are expected to teach an annual workload of 9-10 credits per academic year and to provide instruction and student advising as assigned by the Dean or their delegate. Classroom instruction responsibilities include holding class for the entire period for which the class is scheduled (including the final examination period) and evaluating students' work and assigning grades consistent with the policies of the Law School and University. Ongoing curriculum development and planning is also an important component of teaching.
  • Research (40%): Faculty members will research and prepare scholarly publications in their areas of expertise, and participate in academic conferences. Faculty members are expected to participate in scholarly and research activities that enhance their professional development and contribute to their disciplines.
  • Service (20%): Faculty members are expected to engage in service to the institution. University service involves membership in departmental, college-level and university committees, attending departmental meetings, student recruitment, processing routine paperwork such as filling out reports, answering email, and participating in surveys as appropriate.

What You Should Know

As part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, the campus has implemented a reference check program with respect to final candidates for tenured faculty appointments. The reference check program is intended to allow CU Boulder to collect and review information about a candidate's conduct at their previous institutions, specifically conduct related to sexual misconduct, harassment, and/or discrimination – before making hiring decisions. All final candidates for tenured faculty appointments are required to complete an Authorization to Release Information.

What We Can Offer

Entry-Level (Associate Professor) pay range is $140,000-$150,000.

Lateral (Associate Professor or Professor) pay range: $150,000-$215,000.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be Statements

Be innovative. Be engaged. Be Boulder.

What We Require

We seek candidates with great potential for, and/or records of, both innovative scholarship and engaged teaching. Candidates must hold a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school or equivalent degree in a related field.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines your qualifications.
  2. Current resume/CV.
  3. “Job Talk” Paper (the principal paper you would like us to consider as an example of your scholarship).
  4. Research Agenda (describing your research to date along with proposed future trajectory of your research).
  5. Diversity & Inclusion Statement (describing how your scholarship, teaching, and service would contribute to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at Colorado Law School. This may include any relevant experience related to how your background “affected [your] life, be it through discrimination, inspiration, or otherwise”).
  6. Teaching Statement (describing the courses you are interested in teaching as well as your approach to legal education).

Should your candidacy advance, you may be asked to provide a list of references who may be contacted for letters of recommendation.

For full consideration, candidates should apply by September 1, 2023, although we recommend that you submit your materials as soon as possible.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

For questions, please contact Professor Scott Skinner-Thompson, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee,

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Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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