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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
Judicial Law Clerk
Orlando Immigration Court
Executive Office for Immigration Review
U.S. Department of Justice
3535 Lawton Road, Suite 200
Orlando, FL 32803