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Assistant Professor (req17099)

University of New Mexico
Job Location:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Law and Legal Studies
Posting Number

Employment Type: Faculty

Faculty Type

Hiring Department
School of Law (588A)

Academic Location
School of Law

Campus: Main - Albuquerque, NM

Benefits Eligible
The 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 from entry-level candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in its Law and Indigenous Peoples Program to begin August 1, 2022. We seek candidates with scholarly distinction or promise, as well as a commitment to excellence in teaching. Candidates must hold a J.D. or equivalent degree by the date of their application.

The UNM School of Law has a strong and longstanding tradition of dedication and commitment to the development of the field of Indian law education and assisting in the legal protection and representation of Native American nations and communities. The Law and Indigenous Peoples Program is a multifaceted academic program whose components include: (1) an Indian Law Certificate Program, allowing students to concentrate in a specialized course of study that provides them with the advanced skills and expertise required in the competitive environment of Indian law practice; (2) the Southwest Indian Law Clinic, one of the law school's renowned specialized law clinics, where student attorneys represent Indigenous clients in tribal, state, and federal legal systems and in governmental agency hearings, and where they assist and collaborate with tribes, pueblos, and organizations serving Indigenous communities on a variety of legal and policy issues; and (3) the Tribal Law Journal, a unique and groundbreaking student-edited online law journal dedicated to publishing scholarship, analysis, and commentary focusing on issues pertaining to the law of tribal nations and indigenous communities worldwide. The curriculum of the Law and Indigenous Peoples Program includes basic and advanced courses in federal Indian law, the legal systems of sovereign tribal nations, and international Indigenous law, It also includes courses and seminars that address the intersection of Indian law with other doctrinal/practice areas such as economic development, family law, criminal law, natural resources and environmental law, state-tribal relations, and tribal and federal appellate advocacy. The successful applicant will teach courses offered in the Law and Indigenous Peoples Program and supervise the Tribal Law Journal, as well as teach in the Southwest Indian Law Clinic from time to time.

UNM School of Law consistently maintains one of the highest percentages of Native Americans in the student body relative to other law schools, as well as the highest percentage of Native American faculty members. The UNM chapter of the Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) is an energetic and innovative student organization, with membership consisting of more than ten percent of the student body, and which collaborates regularly with the Law and Indigenous Peoples Program to offer discussions and events benefiting the law school and community.

We highly 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 with a background in a STEM discipline, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, groups historically marginalized in American life, individuals with disabilities, students who attended law school later in their careers, 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.

Offering a J.D. degree, cross-disciplinary dual degrees, and a Masters of Legal Studies, which includes an optional Indian law concentration, the UNM School of Law is nationally recognized for its Law and Indigenous Peoples Program, the Southwest Indian Law Clinic, and its innovative classes that combine law practice skills training with doctrinal instruction and a 6:1 student-to-faculty ratio. For more information about the University of New Mexico School of Law, the Law and Indigenous Peoples Program, and the Southwest Indian Law Clinic, please visit the law school's website at


Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must possess a J.D. or equivalent legal degree by the date of application.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A record of demonstrated excellence or the promise of excellence in academic scholarship.
  • A record of demonstrated excellence or the promise of excellence in the practice of Indian law and related fields.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.
  • Teaching in relevant subject areas.
Application Instructions

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For Best Consideration
For best consideration, please apply by 9/15/2021. This position will remain open until filled.

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