The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) was created on January 9, 1983, through an internal Department of Justice (DOJ) reorganization which combined the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA or Board) with the Immigration Judge function previously performed by the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) (now part of the Department of Homeland Security). Besides establishing EOIR as a separate agency within DOJ, this reorganization made the Immigration Courts independent of INS, the agency charged with enforcement of Federal immigration laws. The Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) was added in 1987. In 2013, EOIR observed its 30th anniversary.
EOIR is also separate from the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices in the DOJ Civil Rights Division and the Office of Immigration Litigation in the DOJ Civil Division.
As an office within the Department of Justice, EOIR is headed by a Director who reports directly to the Deputy Attorney General. Its headquarters are located in Falls Church, Virginia, about 10 miles from downtown Washington, DC.
The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is responsible for adjudicating immigration cases. Specifically, under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR interprets and administers federal immigration laws by conducting immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings. EOIR is committed to providing fair, expeditious, and uniform application of the nation's immigration laws in all cases.
The internship is an unpaid/volunteer position. Interns work under the supervision of the Attorney Advisor/Judicial Law Clerk, but will interact with individual Immigration Judges. Assignments vary depending on the Court’s docket, but generally entail:
Research and preparation of memoranda on complex legal issues
Drafting decisions on motions pending before the Court
Drafting decisions on applications for relief from removal
Completion of projects related to court functioning and immigration law
During the course of the internship, the intern will be able to observe removal hearings and work on cases involving several forms of relief from removal, including asylum, adjustment of status, and cancellation of removal.
Strong legal research and writing skills
- Interest or prior study/experience in immigration law
- Current enrollment in law school
- United States citizenship
- Ability to successfully complete a background investigation and fulfill residency requirement
- Willingness to agree to a set work schedule during the Fall 2019 Semester
Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, five to ten page writing sample, and a transcript (unofficial) via email in one PDF file to Rachel.Clark@USDOJ.gov by April 29, 2019.