Monday, June 7, 2021
The Center for Immigration Law and Policy seeks a law fellow to engage in cutting-edge and high-quality research and analysis related to immigration law and policy. The Fellow will further the Center's mission by conducting legal and multi-disciplinary research on a range of immigration law and related issues, including the racially discriminatory origins of various provisions of the immigration code, the possibility of greater state and local-level control over immigration law, the legality of different possible federal administrative relief programs, and other topics. The Fellow will provide research and writing support to senior scholars at the Center and will contribute to self-published reports, academic articles, public comments, and other Center work. The Law Fellow will also participate actively in the Center's litigation projects, including cases involving immigration detention, the surveillance of Muslim immigrants, and others.
The Center for Immigration Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law is a new dynamic Center that will generate innovative ideas at the intersection of immigration scholarship and practice; serve as a hub for transforming those ideas into meaningful changes in immigration policy at the local, state, and national level; and empower students with unique opportunities for experiential learning through work with academics, practitioners, policymakers, and activists. For more information, please visit our website at
- JD degree required or equivalent education and experience.
- Demonstrated ability to perform the highest-caliber legal research, writing, and editing.
- Excellent skill in speaking effectively and persuasively to individuals and groups from various social contexts, including members of immigrant communities, advocates, and academic audiences.
- Excellent organizational skills and ability to work effectively under conditions of heavy workload, frequent interruptions, distractions, and deadlines.
- Superior research skills (e.g., experience conducting bibliographic searches, performing writing and analysis, selecting and using print and electronic legal research tools). Ability to analyze and present multi-disciplinary data.
- Interpersonal skills to communicate and interact effectively, negotiate, exchange ideas, information, and opinions with others to formulate programs, and arrive jointly at decisions, conclusions, or solutions.
- Ability to handle confidential material with discretion.
- Ability to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends as needed to fulfill job responsibilities.
- Attorney admitted to practice law in California or willingness to take the next available California Bar Exam.
- Demonstrated experience with or substantive knowledge of immigration law.
- Knowledge of immigrant communities both in Southern California and nationwide.
- Sufficient knowledge of LEXIS/NEXIS or Westlaw legal information services to conduct electronic legal research.
- Proficiency in Spanish.
The target salary range for this position is between $5,167 and $6,250 monthly.
This position is a 1 year contract position with possibility of renewal. Contract duration will not exceed 4 years.