The Office of General Counsel (OGC) for the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is soliciting applications for volunteer legal interns. Part of the Department of Justice, EOIR includes the nation’s immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer. It is an adjudicative agency charged with interpreting immigration laws and conducting hearings on immigration issues. This internship offers excellent exposure to the legal and policy considerations involved in the operation of an Executive Branch agency. The legal intern will work on a variety of projects under the direct supervision of the Associate General Counsels in the office. EOIR OGC has a broad subject matter portfolio.
- OGC provides specialized legal advice on a wide range of substantive immigration law issues, including asylum and refugee issues, unaccompanied minors, eligibility for immigration relief, detention issues, mental competency, and criminal grounds of removability.
- OGC coordinates EOIR’s involvement in litigation involving the agency, and serves as the principal point of contact for U.S. Attorneys offices, other DOJ offices, including the Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL), and other government agencies by reviewing legal pleadings involving novel or complex immigration law issues, coordinating EOIR’s decision-making process on whether to recommend further review of adverse federal court decisions, and working on formal memoranda or other correspondence to the Office of Solicitor General or OIL regarding such recommendations.
- OGC's Fraud Prevention Program makes referrals for investigation of immigration fraud complaints it receives from EOIR staff and adjudicators, respondents in EOIR proceedings, and members of the public. It assists federal and state law enforcement agencies in investigating and prosecuting immigration-related fraud.
- OGC regulates the professional conduct of immigration attorneys and representatives in order to protect the public, preserve the integrity of immigration proceedings and adjudications, and maintain high professional standards among immigration practitioners. EOIR's Disciplinary Counsel investigates complaints involving alleged misconduct associated with practice before EOIR's immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals to determine whether an attorney or representative has engaged in criminal, unethical, or unprofessional conduct.
- OGC participates in the development of agency regulations and forms, reviews and comments on proposed legislation, conducts Privacy Act reviews, and responds to all Freedom of Information and Privacy Act requests.
Applicants must currently be enrolled in a J.D. or LL.M program. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have been physically present in the United States for 36 out of the last 60 months by the start date the internship unless they qualify for certain limited exceptions.
- Cover letter;
- Writing sample (no longer than 8 to 10 pages); and
- Law school transcript (unofficial)
Applicant’s cover letter should explain why you are interested in an internship with EOIR OGC. The letter should also include the number of hours per week you are able to devote to the internship position and your law school’s specific requirements for an intern position. Applications should be sent to via e-mail to Diane.Kier@usdoj.gov, SUBJ: “2018 Fall Internship – [NAME].”