Law Student Volunteer

Office of the Chief Immigration Judge - San Francisco Immigration Court
Law Student Volunteer, Summer
100 Montgomery Street
Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94104
United States
About the Office: 

The San Francisco Immigration Court has approximately 20 active Immigration Judges, and conducts removal proceedings and other immigration proceedings for both detained and non-detained respondents.  Typical assignments include drafting decisions on applications for asylum, researching and writing memoranda on whether a particular criminal offense renders a person subject to removal, and drafting decisions on motions to reopen in which a final order has been issued. 

Job Description: 

Summer interns are expected to work full-time, consisting of approximately 40 hours per week for 10 to 12 weeks.  The Court will cooperate with law schools if the internship is being completed for academic credit.  Those selected as law student interns gain an understanding of immigration law and procedure as it relates to removal proceedings.  Interns become familiar with the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Code of Federal Regulations, and immigration case law set forth by the Board of Immigration Appeals and the federal courts.  All interns work under the supervision of one or more attorney advisors. 

Qualifications: 

All law students who are United States citizens are eligible to apply.  Prior knowledge of immigration law is helpful, though not necessary; however, strong research and writing skills are required. 

Salary: 
Uncompensated; the Court will cooperate if academic credit is sought
Application Process: 

If you are interested in a volunteer summer internship at the Immigration Court, email or mail your (1) résumé, (2) transcript (official or unofficial), (3) legal writing sample (7-10 pages), and (4) three references, with (5) a cover letter indicating why you are interested to:

            Zachary A. Streiff, Attorney Advisor

            Executive Office for Immigration Review

            100 Montgomery Street, Suite 800

            San Francisco, California  94104

            sanfranciscointern@usdoj.gov           

            (415) 315-4635

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, December 30, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time.  Incomplete or untimely applications may be disqualified without further notice.  **Note: the application deadline has been extended from the deadline stated in previous announcements by the Court**

Finally, please note that all interns at the Court must be United States citizens, enrolled in law school at the time of their application and their internship, and must successfully complete an FBI background check before beginning their internships. 

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 30, 2016
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated December 14, 2016

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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, 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 must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-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. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

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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