The Office of Immigration Litigation, District Court Section (OIL-DCS) is a highly active litigation section in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. OIL-DCS handles immigration matters at the district court level in any of the 94 federal district courts nationwide and provides centralized expertise on district court-related immigration matters. The section’s work spans complex areas of federal law. OIL-DCS work frequently addresses questions of federal jurisdiction, statutory interpretation, administrative law, and constitutional law – all in the context of federal immigration law, regulations, and policy. Some OIL-DCS attorneys possess specialized expertise in specific subject areas, such as detention, employment-based immigration, denaturalization, and/or terrorism- related immigration issues. In addition to district court cases, OIL-DCS handles matters in the courts of appeals that arise from its district court cases. The District Court Section is one of the few sections within the Department of Justice in which an attorney can handle cases at both the trial and appellate levels. Most of the OIL-DCS’s litigation responsibilities are defensive in nature. Immigration litigation defense consists of a wide range of individual and class action cases, including petitions for writs of habeas corpus, Administrative Procedure Act challenges to denials of immigration benefits, actions for declaratory or injunctive relief, mandamus actions, and constitutional claims. OIL-DCS also affirmatively files and prosecutes denaturalization cases. OIL-DCS employs approximately 81 attorneys and 17 support staff.
Volunteer Legal Interns will be assigned to one of OIL-DCS’s six litigation teams. Responsibilities may vary depending upon an intern’s time commitment, but will generally include conducting legal research, preparing memoranda, and providing other litigation support. Under the supervision of an attorney-mentor, Volunteer Legal Interns typically draft motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, oppositions in substantive or procedural matters, appellate briefs, or complaints in affirmative denaturalization cases. Interns will also be expected to prepare and deliver a mock oral argument on of their assigned cases before a panel of subject-matter experts. Any Department-wide or internal trainings offered will also be made available for Volunteer Legal Interns to attend.
Applicants must have completed one year of law school by the start date of the internship, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, be a U.S. citizen, and be able to pass a background check. Applicants must commit to working at least 10 weeks for at least 20 hours per week.
Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, unofficial law school transcript, and 5-10 page writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org
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