The primary mission of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is to adjudicate immigration cases by fairly, expeditiously, and uniformly interpreting and administering the Nation’s immigration laws. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR conducts immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings.
The United States Immigration Court in Sacramento, California, is hiring volunteer legal interns for Spring 2024. Those selected will gain an understanding of immigration law and procedure as it relates to removal and deportation issues. 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. Prior knowledge of immigration law is helpful, though not necessary.
More information about the Department of Justice’s Volunteer Law Intern Program can be found here: https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/volunteer-legal-internships
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
Law interns generally work part-time during the semester, and the Court is flexible to different work schedules. Law interns will have the opportunity to work directly with Immigration Judges and observe Immigration Court proceedings.
Typical assignments include legal research, drafting Immigration Court decisions, and writing bench memoranda on specific legal issues. Every assignment will require a law intern to research and apply the applicable statues, regulations, and case law to the facts of an ongoing case. Interns work under the supervision of Department of Justice attorneys to support the Immigration Judges at the Court.
- Strong research, writing, and analytical skills are required.
- Prior knowledge of immigration law and criminal law is helpful but not required.
- Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, independent work environment is required.
- Successful completion of an FBI background check is required.
- United States citizenship is required.
- Internship opportunities require in-person attendance, and students are responsible for their own transportation to the Court.
Interested candidates must submit a cover letter detailing their interest in the internship, resume, transcript (unofficial acceptable), and a legal writing sample not to exceed 10 pages by e‑mail to Miguel.E.Sedamano.Ballesteros@usdoj.gov. Please submit these materials as one pdf. For applications for the Spring of 2024, the subject line of the email should read: [LAST NAME] – SMO [insert semester and year] Internship Application.