Law Student Volunteer

San Diego Immigration Court; Otay Mesa Immigration Court
Law Student Volunteer, Summer
401 W. A Street
San Diego, CA 92101
United States
About the Office: 

It is the mission of the Executive Office for Immigration Review to adjudicate immigration cases by fairly, expeditiously, and uniformly interpreting and administering the Nation's immigration laws. The jurisdiction of the United States Immigration Courts includes all matters brought before the Court by the Department of Homeland Security. The immigration judges preside over formal immigration hearings to determine whether aliens are deportable, excludable, or removable from the United States. Immigration judges have jurisdiction to consider applications for various forms of discretionary and mandatory relief, including various waivers, adjustment of status, cancellation of removal, asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the United Nations Convention Against Torture.

Job Description: 

The internship is unpaid, and may be part-time or full-time, based on our anticipated workload. The position will entail in-depth research and analysis of legal issues, as well as the preparation of legal memoranda and the drafting of decisions that will be taken under advisement by an immigration judge. Interns can expect to complete assignments that may later be used as writing samples. In addition, interns will be able to observe all types of matters brought before the Court. Although the internship is unpaid, academic credit may be obtained with the permission of the intern's law school. For paid internships and post law school employment, please visit www.usdoj.gov/oarm.

The position requires that applicants be United States citizens and have resided in the United States for three of the last five years. Selected candidates must pass a background security check conducted by the Department of Justice. Law students who have had an internship with any component of the Department of Justice within the twelve months immediately preceding the start of the internship are ineligible.

Volunteer intern positions are available at two Immigration Courts in San Diego, California: (1) the San Diego Immigration Court, located in downtown San Diego, and (2) the East Mesa Immigration Court, located in a detention facility near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, thirty minutes from downtown San Diego.

Qualifications: 

The position requires that applicants be United States citizens and have resided in the United States for three of the last five years. Selected candidates must pass a background security check conducted by the Department of Justice. Law students who have had an internship with any component of the Department of Justice within the twelve months immediately preceding the start of the internship are ineligible. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in immigration law, along with strong research and writing skills.

Salary: 
Volunteer (uncompensated). Course credit, work-study, and externship opportunities are available depending on school requirements.
Application Process: 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, current law school transcript, and legal writing sample 5-10 pages in length via email to Xheni Llaguri at xheni.llaguri@usdoj.gov. It is best to send all documents in .PDF format. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis before and after the application deadline. To be considered for a summer internship, please submit your application materials by February 23, 2018.

Relocation Expenses: 
No relocation expenses are authorized for this position.
Updated January 29, 2018

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Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

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Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.    

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

 

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