Law Student Volunteer

Orlando Immigration Court
Law Student Volunteer, Summer
3535 Lawton Road
Suite 200
Orlando, FL 32803
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Orlando Immigration Court, seeks volunteer law student interns for summer 2018.  Positions are available at the Orlando Immigration Court near downtown Orlando, Florida.  The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is a branch of the United States Department of Justice and its mission is to “adjudicate immigration cases by fairly, expeditiously, and uniformly interpreting and administering the Nation's immigration laws.”


The six Immigration Judges at the Orlando Immigration Court preside over administrative hearings to determine whether noncitizens are deportable, excludable, inadmissible or removable from the United States as charged by the Department of Homeland Security. In addition, the 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: 

This internship offers an excellent opportunity to develop research and writing skills as well as an understanding of immigration law and procedure as it relates to removal and deportation issues. The intern will become familiar with the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), the Code of Federal Regulations, and immigration case law set forth by the Board of Immigration Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.


Interns will be expected to perform in-depth research and analysis of legal issues and to draft decisions, motions, and legal memoranda that will be taken under advisement by an Immigration Judge (these are often later used as writing samples).  In addition, interns will observe a variety of matters brought before the Court.  Interns will work under the supervision of the Court's Attorney Advisors but will regularly interact with the individual judges.  Although the internship is unpaid, academic credit may be obtained with the permission of the intern's law school.

  • 1L (second semester), 2L, and 3L law students are encouraged to apply.
  • Law students must be United States citizens and must have resided in the United States (or worked for the United States overseas in a federal or military capacity) for at least three of the past five years to be eligible to apply.
  • Strong legal research and writing skills are required.
  • Prior knowledge of immigration law is not required but highly recommended.
  • Interns must be able to commit 40 hours per week for 8 to 10 weeks.
  • Requests for split summers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Volunteer (uncompensated). Course credit and externship opportunities are available depending on school requirements.
Application Process: 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, current law school transcript(s), and a legal writing sample 5-10 pages in length, via email, to  Selected candidates must pass a background security check, including a credit check, conducted by the United States Department of Justice. As background checks take up to ten weeks to complete, APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2018 INTERNSHIPS ARE DUE March 2, 2018.  However, applications are considered on a rolling basis, and a final determination may be made before this date.


The cover letter should be addressed as follows: 


Cassidy Cloninger

Judicial Law Clerk

Orlando Immigration Court

Executive Office for Immigration Review

U.S. Department of Justice

3535 Lawton Road, Suite 200

Orlando, FL 32803



Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 2, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Number of Positions: 
Fall: 1; Spring: 1; Summer: 2
Updated January 29, 2018

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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, 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, 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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