The jurisdiction of United States 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 aliens 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.
The Adelanto Immigration Court is a detained setting. As such, the judges here are also tasked with performing criminal immigration analysis, which requires them to address the implications of criminal convictions on a Respondent's eligibility for relief. Many of the convictions held by Respondents in the detained setting make it difficult, pursuant to Ninth Circuit case law, to find them eligible for relief from remvoal. However, the judges at the Adelanto Immigration Court are receptive to diversity of persepctive and and experience and enjoy discussing these issues and decisions with attorneys and interns in the office.
The Adelanto Immigration Court is a fast paced work environment with often tight deadlines and a necessary attention to detail. However, despite the pace, the office environment remains welcoming, friendly, and kind hearted.
The internship will require a commitment of 40 hours per week. The position will involve in-depth research and analysis of legal issues, as well as preparation of legal memoranda and draft decisions that will be taken under advisement by immigration judges. Throughout the internship, interns will report directly to their assigned mentor Attorney Advisor for supervision and feedback on their written work. However, interns will also be able to freely discuss any of their written work or research with the judges at the Court. Interns can expect to complete assignments that may later be used as writing samples.
In addition, they will be able to observe all types of matters brought before the Court and participate in field trips to other immigration government offices such as the Anaheim Asylum Office and U.S. Customs and Border Protection in San Diego.
Applicants should demonstrate a strong background and interest in immigration law. All interns at the Court must be United States citizens, enrolled in law school at the time of their application and during the course of their internships, and must successfully complete an FBI background check before beginning their internships.
Applications will be accepted until February 20, 2017. The hiring process will include an interview in person or by telephone. Hiring decisions will be made by early March. Interested students should submit their applications via email to Kathryn Long at Kathryn.E.Long@usdoj.gov, with the subject line “EOIR Summer Internship Application.” Candidates should include the following materials as a single PDF file: resume, transcript (official or unofficial), writing sample (maximum 10 pages), three references, and a cover letter indicating your interest in the position.