The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) was created on January 9, 1983, through an internal Department of Justice (DOJ) reorganization which combined the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA or Board) with the Immigration Judge function previously performed by the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) (now part of the Department of Homeland Security). EOIR is responsible for adjudicating immigration cases. Specifically, under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR interprets and administers federal immigration laws by conducting immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings. EOIR is committed to providing fair, expeditious, and uniform application of the nation's immigration laws in all cases. EOIR's primary mission is to adjudicate immigration cases in a careful and timely manner, including cases involving detained aliens, criminal aliens, and aliens seeking asylum as a form of relief from removal, while ensuring the standards of due process and fair treatment for all parties involved.
The U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review has openings for legal interns at the Newark and Elizabeth Immigration Courts for the Spring of 2019. All law students are eligible and encouraged to apply. Prior knowledge of immigration law is helpful but not necessary. Demonstrated commitment to public service is valued. Strong research and writing skills are required. The types of projects assigned vary depending on the court’s docket and will include: (1) Research and preparation of memoranda on complex legal issues; (2) Drafting decisions on motions pending before the court; and (3) 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.
Any law student enrolled at least half-time, and who has completed at least one semester of law school is eligible to apply for volunteer internship positions at any time. First-year law students who have not completed their first semester may apply for volunteer internships after December 1. Part-time law students and joint-degree candidates may also apply for volunteer internship positions. Law school graduation terminates eligibility for volunteer positions except for graduate law students who are enrolled at least half time and not practicing law.
To be considered, students must submit the following: (1) cover letter; (2) resume; (3) three professional/academic references (recommendation letters not necessary); (4) one legal writing sample; and (5) law school transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable).
Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis, and students are encouraged to apply early. Applications must be received no later than Friday October 5, 2018, at 11:59 pm. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered. Please send all questions and applications to Susanna Chehata, Attorney Advisor at the Newark Immigration Court, at Susanna.Chehata@usdoj.gov AND Emily Powell, Judicial Law Clerk at the Elizabeth Immigration Court, at Emily.Powell@usdoj.gov.