Volunteer Legal Intern

Memphis Immigration Court
Law Student Volunteer, Summer
80 Monroe Avenue
Suite 501
Memphis, TN 38103
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, is seeking a law student intern to participate in an excellent internship opportunity during the summer of 2017.  The position is available at the Memphis Immigration Court located in downtown Memphis. The jurisdiction of the United States Immigration Courts includes all matters brought before the Court by the Department of Homeland Security.  The immigration judges at the Memphis Immigration Court preside over formal immigration hearings to determine whether aliens are deportable, excludable, inadmissible or removable from the United States.  In addition, the judges have jurisdiction to consider applications for various forms of discretionary and mandatory relief, including various waivers, adjustment of status, cancellation of removal, asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the U.N. Convention Against Torture.

Job Description: 

The internship will require a commitment of a minimum of twenty hours per week for the length of the summer.  Although the internship is unpaid, academic credit may be obtained with the permission of your law school.  The position will entail in-depth research and analysis of legal issues, as well as preparation of legal memoranda for the immigration judges.  Interns will have opportunities to draft decisions that will be taken under advisement by the immigration judges and that may later be used as writing samples.  Interns can expect to develop research and writing skills as well as an understanding of immigration law and procedure as it relates to removal and deportation issues.  In addition, they will be able to observe a variety of matters brought before the Court.  Interns will work under the supervision of the Court’s Attorney Advisors but will have substantial interaction with the Immigration Judges.  For paid internships and post law school employment jobs, please visit www.usdoj.gov/oarm.

Qualifications: 

The position requires that applicants be United States citizens.  Immigration experience is preferred but not required.  Selected candidates must pass a background security check conducted by the Department of Justice.  Since the background check will take time to complete, APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY January 30, 2017.  However, we reserve the right to fill the positions before this date.

Salary: 
Uncompensated
Application Process: 

Interested students should submit (preferably in pdf form) a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample (unedited by others to the extent possible) by e-mail to:

Kaylee Klixbull and Kaitlin McKenzie

Attorney Advisors

Memphis Immigration Court

80 Monroe Ave., Suite 501

Memphis, TN 38103

901-528-5883

memphisintern@usdoj.gov

 

Application Deadline: 
Monday, January 30, 2017
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated January 4, 2017

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Department Policies

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, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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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