The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is an agency within the United States Department of Justice. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR administers the nation’s immigration court system. The primary mission of EOIR is to adjudicate immigration cases by fairly, expeditiously, and uniformly interpreting and administering the Nation’s immigration laws. EOIR’s Office of the Chief Immigration Judge (OCIJ) has more than 400 immigration judges who conduct administrative court proceedings, called removal proceedings, in 58 immigration courts nationwide.
The jurisdiction of U.S. 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 noncitizens 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.
Law student interns at the San Antonio Immigration Court work with law clerks, attorney advisors, and immigration judges in a collaborative, collegial work environment. Law student interns observe court proceedings, research legal issues, write legal memoranda, and draft decisions for immigration judges. Common topics include: asylum, custody redetermination, cancellation of removal, the Convention against Torture, dismissal and termination of removal proceedings, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, reopening of removal proceedings, waiver of inadmissibility, and withholding of removal.
Although the internship is unpaid, interns may obtain academic credit with the permission of their law schools. Interns must commit to working full-time for a minimum of ten (10) weeks during the summer. Start and end dates are flexible. This position is open to rising 2L and 3L law students. Additionally, the position requires that applicants be United States citizens, and selected candidates must pass a background security check conducted by the Department of Justice.
All interns at the Court must be U.S. citizens, enrolled in law school at the time of their application and their internship, and must successfully complete an FBI background check before beginning their internships. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate a strong background and/or interest in immigration law.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2019 (CST). However, please note that interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and offers may be extended prior to the deadline.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample no longer than ten (10) pages to:
Eliseo de León
U.S. Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review
San Antonio Immigration Court
800 Dolorosa Street, Suite 300
San Antonio, Texas 78207
Email applications are preferred. If you have any questions regarding the Volunteer Legal Intern position, please contact Mr. de León via email.