Law Student Volunteer

Baltimore Immigration Court
Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year
31 Hopkins Plaza, 4th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
United States
About the Office: 

The U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, is seeking law student interns to participate in a substantive and rewarding internship opportunity at the Baltimore Immigration Court during the fall of 2018.

The jurisdiction of the Immigration Court includes all immigration matters brought before the Court by the Department of Homeland Security. The immigration judges preside over formal immigration proceedings to determine whether an individual from a foreign country should be allowed to enter or remain in the United States or should be removed. For further information about the Baltimore Immigration Court, please visit http://www.justice.gov/eoir/sibpages/bal/balmain.htm.

Job Description: 

Interns will conduct in-depth research and analysis on a variety of immigration law issues and will draft decisions and/or legal memoranda to be taken under advisement by an immigration judge. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to observe various matters brought before the Court. Although the internship is unpaid, interns may obtain academic credit with the permission of their law schools. For paid internships and post law school employment, please visit www.usdoj.gov/oarm.

Qualifications: 

Second- and third-year law students are preferred; first year law students are encouraged to apply. Superior research and writing skills, an eye for detail, a desire to work as part of a small team of professionals, and a commitment to fairness and integrity. Excellent opportunity for students with a background and interest in immigration, international, family, and criminal law. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Interns must commit to working at least fifteen hours per week during the semester. Start and end dates are flexible.

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

Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and approximately ten-page writing sample by e-mail or regular mail to:

Baltimore Immigration Court
Attn: Judicial Law Clerks
31 Hopkins Plaza, Suite 440
Baltimore, MD 21201

Erica Espinosa
Attorney Advisor
erica.espinosa@usdoj.gov

Sonya Walker
Attorney Advisor
sonya.walker@usdoj.gov

Anne McCabe
Attorney Advisor
anne.mccabe@usdoj.gov

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Number of Positions: 
Fall: 3
Updated April 5, 2018

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Department Policies

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.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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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