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The U.S. Department of Justice has openings for one legal intern with the Executive Office for Immigration Review at the Philadelphia Immigration Court for the spring of 2020. Only current law school students are eligible to apply. Prior knowledge of immigration law is helpful, but not required. Strong research and writing skills are required. Applicants MUST be U.S. Citizens and must successfully complete an FBI background check before beginning their internships. The types of projects assigned vary depending on the courts docket and will include:

  • research and preparation of memoranda on complex legal issues, including the intersection between criminal and immigration law;
  • drafting decisions on motions pending before the court; and
  • drafting decisions on applications for relief from removal, including asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under Article 3 of the United Nations Convention Against Torture.
  • The Immigration Judges and the Judicial Law Clerks will take the drafted decisions under advisement. Interns can expect to complete assignments that may later be used as writing samples. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to observe a variety of matters brought before the court. The interns will work primarily under the supervision of the Judicial Law Clerks, but interns will also have substantial interaction with the Immigration Judges.

    The internship is an unpaid and volunteer position. Students may be eligible for academic credit or work-study funding. Students who are interested in receiving credit or work-study are strongly encouraged tocontact the appropriate person at their law school to determine their eligibility. A commitment of 15-20 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks is requested. Interested students must submit a resume, 5 to 10 page writing sample, unofficial law school transcript, and cover letter detailing their interest in immigration law.

    The final application deadline is FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, by 4:00 P.M., but applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Applications must be submitted via e-mail to:

    Daniella Lees


    Attorney Advisor

    U.S. Department of Justice

    Executive Office for Immigration Review

    Robert N.C. Nix Federal Building & Courthouse

    900 Market Street, Suite 504

    Philadelphia, PA 19107

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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