Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2018

San Antonio Immigration Court
Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year
800 Dolorosa Street Suite 300
San Antonio, TX 78207
United States
About the Office: 

The U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), is seeking law student interns to participate in a substantive and rewarding internship opportunity at the San Antonio Immigration Court during the fall of 2018.  The San Antonio Immigration Court is one of 58 immigration courts nationwide within EOIR's Office of the Chief Immigration Judge.  The jurisdiction of the Immigration Courts 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. 

Job Description: 

Interns at the San Antonio Immigration Court will conduct in-depth legal 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 hearings at the Court.  Although the internship is unpaid, interns may obtain academic credit with the permission of their law schools.  Interns must commit to working part-time for a minimum of ten (10) weeks during the fall.  Start and end dates are flexible.  This position is open to second and third year law students.  Additionally, applicants must be United States citizens, and selected candidates must pass a background security check conducted by the Department of Justice. 

  • 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 are expected to commit to 10-20 hours per week.  Schedule flexibility available.
Volunteer (uncompensated). Course credit and externship opportunities are available depending on school requirements.
Application Process: 

Interested applicants should submit, in pdf format, a cover letter, resume, (official or unofficial) transcript, and writing sample no longer than ten (10) pages to:

Eliseo de León

Attorney Advisor

U.S. Department of Justice

Executive Office for Immigration Review

San Antonio Immigration Court

800 Dolorosa Street, Suite 300

San Antonio, Texas 78207

(210) 208-9103

Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 8, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Updated May 10, 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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