Summer Volunteer Legal Intern

Office of Legal Access Programs
Law Student Volunteer, Summer
5107 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
United States
About the Office: 

The Office of Legal Access Programs (OLAP) in the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has one opening for a legal intern during the summer of 2017. Part of the Department of Justice, EOIR includes the nation’s Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). It is an adjudicative agency charged with interpreting immigration laws and conducting hearings on immigration issues.  OLAP works to improve access to legal information and counseling and to increase rates of representation for immigrants appearing before the Immigration Court and the BIA.  For more information, please visit our website at

Job Description: 

This internship offers excellent exposure to the legal, policy, and program management considerations involved in the operation of various legal access initiatives. OLAP focuses on several initiatives, including the Legal Orientation Program (LOP), the Legal Orientation Program for Custodians of Unaccompanied Alien Children (LOPC), and other direct representation programs for vulnerable populations. In addition to these initiatives, OLAP also manages the BIA Pro Bono Project and the Model Hearing Program, and provides access to self-help materials which can assist all respondents in removal proceedings learn about the immigration court process and the forms of relief from removal. The legal intern will work on a variety of projects under the direct supervision of the Associate and Assistant Program Directors in the office. The types of projects assigned vary depending on the current demands of the office.


Rising second and third year law students are encouraged to apply. A commitment of at least 40 hours per week is required for a minimum of 10 weeks. All applicants must be United States citizens and meet residency requirements.

This is an unpaid/volunteer position. However, students may be eligible for academic credit.
There may be opportunity to travel locally.
Application Process: 

Interested students should submit a cover letter, legal resume, a relevant legal writing sample of no more than 10 pages, and a law school transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).  Please indicate your dates of availability in your cover letter.  All applications must be received by January 27, 2017, and should be sent via e-mail to Sergio J. Ramírez, Associate Program Director, at

Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 27, 2017
Relocation Expenses: 
Number of Positions: 
Updated December 29, 2016

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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, 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, 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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