The primary mission of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is to adjudicate immigration cases by fairly, expeditiously, and uniformly interpreting and administering the Nation's immigration laws. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR conducts immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
The U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, is seeking a rising second or third-year law student to participate in a volunteer internship at the detained and non-detained Houston Immigration Courts for Summer of 2017. The internship offers an opportunity to develop research and writing skills as well as an understanding of immigration law and procedure as it relates to removal and deportation issues. The intern will become familiar with the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Code of Federal Regulations, and immigration case law set forth by the Board of Immigration Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
The jurisdiction of the Immigration Court includes all matters brought before the Court by the Department of Homeland Security. The Immigration Judges preside over formal immigration hearings. Interns will conduct in-depth research and analysis on a variety of immigration law issues and will draft decisions and/or legal memoranda that will be taken under advisement by the Immigration Judges. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to observe various matters brought before the Court.
All applicants must be United States citizens and must successfully complete an FBI background check before beginning their internship. Prior knowledge of immigration law is not required but highly recommended. Strong research and writing skills are required. Interns are expected to work a minimum of 35-40 hours per week for a minimum of 10-12 weeks, however exceptions are often granted.
This position will be open until filled, but applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on January 20, 2017. Please note that interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and applicants are strongly encouraged to apply prior to the deadline. Although the internship is unpaid, interns may obtain academic credit with the permission of their law schools.
Interested students should submit a resume, cover letter, law school transcript (unofficial is accepted), and a writing sample (maximum of 10 pages). These materials may be emailed to Laura.H.Fleming@USDOJ.GOV.
Executive Office for Immigration Review, Houston SPC Immigration Court