The jurisdiction of United States Immigration Courts includes all matters brought before the Court by the Department of Homeland Security. The judges preside over formal immigration hearings to determine whether immigrants are deportable, excludable, inadmissible, or removable from the United States. In addition, the judges have jurisdiction to consider various forms of discretionary and mandatory relief, including waivers, adjustment of status, cancellation of removal, asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the U.N. Convention against Torture.
The Los Angeles Detained Immigration Court is a detained setting. The immigration judges frequently address the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, bond eligibility for individuals in prolonged detention, and due process safeguards for individuals with mental health needs. Volunteer legal interns will gain broad exposure to Ninth Circuit case law when determining the eligibility of immigrants for relief from removal. The judges at the Court seek prospective interns with a diversity of perspectives and experiences, who are passionate about discussing the pressing immigration issues the office encounters every day.
The Los Angeles Detained Immigration Court is a fast-paced work environment and requires attention to detail and the ability to meet tight deadlines. The office environment is welcoming and supportive.
The internship will require a commitment of 40 hours per week. The position will involve in-depth research and analysis of legal issues, as well as preparation of legal memoranda and draft decisions that immigration judges will take under advisement. Throughout the internship, interns will report directly to their assigned mentor Attorney Advisor for supervision and feedback on their written work. Interns will also have the opportunity to discuss their written work and research with the judges at the Court. Interns can expect to complete assignments, which they may later use as writing samples.
In addition, interns will be able to observe all types of matters brought before the Court and participate in field trips to other immigration government offices such as the Anaheim Asylum Office and U.S. Customs and Border Protection in San Diego.
Applicants should demonstrate a strong background and interest in immigration law. All interns at the Court must be United States citizens, enrolled in law school at the time of their application and during the course of their internships, and must successfully complete an FBI background check before beginning their internships.
We will accept applications until February 23, 2018. The hiring process will include an interview in person or by telephone. However, we will make hiring decisions on a rolling basis. Interested students should submit their applications via email to Attorney Advisor Andrea Curley at Andrea.Curley@usdoj.gov, with the subject line “EOIR Summer Internship Application.” Candidates should include the following materials as a single PDF file: resume, transcript (official or unofficial), writing sample (maximum 10 pages), three references, and a cover letter indicating your interest in the position.