Law Student Volunteer, Summer 2020

Seattle Immigration Court
Law Student Volunteer, Summer
1000 2nd Ave
Suite 2500
Seattle, WA 98104
United States
About the Office: 

The Seattle 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.

The primary mission of the court is to adjudicate immigration cases by fairly, expeditiously, and uniformly interpreting and administering the Nation's immigration laws.

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified individuals from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.
Job Description: 

The Seattle Immigration Court is seeking a full-time Summer 2020 volunteer legal intern. 

Projects assigned vary depending on the court’s docket but will include:

  • In-depth research, analysis, and preparation of memoranda on novel or complex legal issues;
  • Assisting the court in assessing evidence and testimony for credibility and persuasiveness;
  • Drafting decisions on motions pending before the court; and
  • Drafting decisions on applications for relief from removal, such as asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under Article 3 of the U.N. Convention Against Torture.

In addition, interns will be able to observe a variety of matters brought before the court. The intern will work under the supervision of the court’s attorney advisors but will have substantial interaction with individual immigration judges.            

Qualifications: 

Students entering their second or third year of law school are eligible and encouraged to apply. Applicants must have current student status. Prior knowledge of immigration law is helpful but not necessary. Strong research and writing skills are required.

All applicants must be United States citizens and must successfully complete an FBI background check. 

Salary: 
This internship is an unpaid, volunteer position. However, students may be eligible for academic credit and are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate person at their law school to determine their eligibility.
Application Process: 

Interested students must submit a cover letter detailing their interest in the internship, résumé, 5-10 page writing sample, law school transcript (unofficial acceptable), and contact information for three references by Sunday, February 9, 2020, at 11:59 PM.

 

Please submit all direct inquires and application materials to Kayla Higgins via email at kayla.higgins@usdoj.gov.

 

Other Information:

 

The deadline for applications is Sunday, February 9, 2020. The court anticipates that in-person interviews will be conducted between Tuesday, February 11 and Friday, February 14 at the Seattle Immigration Court. Interviews for out-of-state applicants may be conducted by telephone or video-conference, but applicants should identify the need for such an interview in their cover letter.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Relocation Expenses: 
No
Number of Positions: 
1-2
Updated January 22, 2020

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Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, or any other nonmerit-based factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:  The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs.   

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

 

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