Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year

Office of the Chief Immigration Judge
Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year
100 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94101
United States
About the Office: 

The San Francisco Immigration Court is hiring volunteer (unpaid) law student interns for Spring 2017. The Court is part of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice.  The Court makes factual findings and adjudicates legal issues in the context of removal proceedings.  Interns with the Court largely work 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. 

Job Description: 

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. In every assignment, law interns research and apply immigration statutes, regulations, and case law, thus increasing their familiarity with the field of immigration law and allowing them to exercise their research and writing skills. All interns work under the supervision of one or more staff attorneys.

Qualifications: 

Currently enrolled first, second, or third-year law students and LL.M. students. Applicants must be United States citizens and have been physically present in the United States for 36 out of the last 60 months; unless they qualify for certain limited exceptions by the start date of the internship. Part-time interns are expected to work between 15 to 20 hours per week for approximately 10 weeks. The Court will work with students if they seek academic credit.

Salary: 
Unpaid. The Court will work with law schools that offer academic credit.
Application Process: 

A cover letter; a resume; a list of three professional references (professors familiar with your work are acceptable); a legal writing sample (no longer than 10 pages); and a law school transcript (unofficial is acceptable). The cover letter explaining your interest in the internship with OGC, as well as the number of hours per week you are able to devote to the internship position and your school's specific requirements for an intern position. Please email application materials in the .doc, .docx, or .pdf format to sanfranciscointern@usdoj.gov

Application Deadline: 
Friday, September 2, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
None
Number of Positions: 
1 or 2 positions
Updated August 17, 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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