Law Student Volunteer, Summer

Arizona Immigration Courts
Law Student Volunteer, Summer
Phoenix, AZ 85012
United States
About the Office: 

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 Courts in Arizona are hiring full-time volunteer legal interns for Summer 2017. Those selected as law interns 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.

Job Description: 

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 statutes, regulations, and judicial decisions to the facts of an ongoing case. Interns work under the supervision of a Department of Justice attorney to support the Immigration Judges at the respective Immigration Courts.
Law interns work 40 hours per week during the summer, and will have the opportunity to work directly with Immigration Judges, observe Immigration Court proceedings, and tour a point of entry into the United States.
The available duty locations for this posting are:   

  •     Phoenix
  •     Tucson
  •     Eloy (detention facility)
  •     Florence (detention facility)


• 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

Uncompensated (volunteer). Interns may be able to receive course credit through their law school.
Application Process: 

Applications should include a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample.  The writing sample should be between five (5) and ten (10) pages in length, and should reflect the applicant's own unedited or student-edited work. Excerpted writing samples should include an analysis section. Incomplete application packages will not be considered.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until close of business on Monday, February 13, 2017. Please email application materials directly to the hiring contact at the court(s) of interest.
Austin Lin
Executive Office for Immigration Review
250 North 7th Avenue, Suite 300
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Matthew Seamon
Executive Office for Immigration Review
300 West Congress, Suite 300
Tucson, AZ 85701
Annabel Pedraza
Executive Office for Immigration Review
1705 East Hanna Road
Eloy, AZ 85131
Tatiana Lipsey
Executive Office for Immigration Review
3260 North Pinal Parkway
Florence, AZ 85132
Deadlines and application requirements vary by Immigration Court.  Please contact the Immigration Court of interest and ask to speak to the Judicial Law Clerk(s) about the intern program opportunities.  Contact information for each of the Immigration Courts is available at    

Application Deadline: 
Monday, February 13, 2017
Relocation Expenses: 
Number of Positions: 
Updated January 12, 2017

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