Law Student Volunteer, Summer 2019

Law Student Volunteer, Summer
Arlington Immigration Court
1901 South Bell Street, Suite 200
Arlington, VA 22202
United States
About the Office: 

The Arlington Immigration Court falls under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, which is a component of the Executive Office for Immigration Review under the Department of Justice.  For further information about the Arlington Immigration Court, please visit https://www.justice.gov/eoir/arlington-immigration-court

Job Description: 

Interns have a unique opportunity to gain substantive experience in immigration law and procedure in the context of removal proceedings.  Interns will work with an array of issues in immigration law, such as eligibility for asylum and adjustment of status, implementation of the Convention Against Torture, and the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.  They will develop considerable familiarity with the Immigration & Nationality Act, the Code of Federal Regulations, and immigration case law.  

 

Examples of typical assignments include researching whether a particular criminal offense renders a person subject to removal and drafting memoranda on diverse and developing areas of immigration law.  Time and need permitting, some interns may be able to draft decisions on complex asylum cases.  In many assignments, law interns will work with both the law and the unique facts that an individual case presents. 

Qualifications: 

All law students who are U.S. citizens and who have lived in the U.S. for at least three of the last five years are invited to apply.  Prior knowledge of immigration law is helpful, but not necessary.  Strong research and writing skills are required.  Summer Volunteer Legal Interns are expected to work full time for at least 10 weeks.

Application Process: 

If you are interested in a Summer 2019 Volunteer Legal Internship at the Arlington Immigration Court, please submit a cover letter; resume; law school transcript (official or unofficial);  brief writing sample (no more than five pages); and a list of names and contact information of supervisors for all paid or unpaid work over the last three years; to:

 

Sarah Vogt, Attorney Advisor

Arlington Immigration Court

1901 South Bell Street, Suite 200

Arlington, Virginia 22202

Arlingtonintern@usdoj.gov

(703) 603-1347

 

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Number of Positions: 
1-2
Updated November 8, 2018

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