Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Duke Law seeks to fill a Clinical Fellow position in its Immigrant Rights Clinic beginning in August 2022. The Clinical Fellow will work closely with the two faculty in the Immigrant Rights Clinic—its Director and Supervising Attorney/Clinical Professor of Law (Teaching). The Fellow will help supervise student casework and participate in the planning and teaching of the Clinic seminar. They will also assist in supporting the events and pro bono projects organized by the Duke Immigrant & Refugee Project (DIRP), including emergency response programs, and community resource development. The Clinical Fellow will also work closely with faculty and staff in the Clinic and DIRP’s student leaders to identify new projects and expand existing programs. The individual selected for the position will receive mentorship in teaching, scholarship, and immigrant rights lawyering and will have an opportunity to work with other faculty members throughout the law school.
The term of appointment is for two years with the possibility of an extension for a third year. Applicants must apply through AcademicJobsOnline.org (position 21470) (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/21470 ) no later than April 29. Please also send a copy of all application materials to Lauren Maxey at email@example.com. Applications are considered on a rolling basis so early application is encouraged.
Monday, February 21, 2022
The Immigrant Rights Clinic at Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey (IRC), is seeking to hire recent law graduates for full-time positions in its Detention & Deportation Defense Initiative (DDDI) project, to start in the summer or early fall of 2022. The initial appointment is for one year, but we expect the position to be renewed for a second year, contingent on continued funding. The DDDI Fellow will work with Professor Anju Gupta, Director of the IRC, Managing Attorney Leena Khandwala, and staff attorneys in the DDDI project. The DDDI team is also supported by a full-time paralegal, devoted exclusively to this project.
In 2018, the state of New Jersey committed funds to establish a pilot project aimed at providing pro bono legal representation to detained immigrants in the state. The IRC is one of four partners in this exciting and innovative project. Since 2018, the funding and capacity of the DDDI project has expanded greatly, allowing us to move closer to our goal of ensuring legal representation for all low-income New Jersey immigrants in detained and non-detained removal proceedings. The DDDI Fellow will represent detained immigrants as well as those immigrants who have been recently released from detention and/or are vulnerable to being detained, in their proceedings before the Elizabeth, Newark, and other Immigration Courts; the Board of Immigration Appeals; the federal District Courts; and the federal Courts of Appeals, as appropriate. The DDDI Fellow will also coordinate clinical and nonclinical law students representing these individuals or providing assistance the project. Additionally, the DDDI Fellow will assist with maintaining data about DDDI Project outcomes and statistics for grant reports and other reporting purposes and may also participate in policy and advocacy around issues pertaining to our clients and constituents.
- A law degree;
- Membership in a bar of any state or plans to become a member of a state bar shortly after commencement of the position;
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
- Strong written and oral communication skills; and
- Demonstrated commitment to immigration law, including familiarity with immigration law and procedures, and/or experience representing immigrants (including, but not limited to, law school clinical experience).
- NJ bar membership is a plus, though not required; and
- Fluency in another language, particularly Spanish, is a plus, though not required.
This is a full time, year-round position. The initial appointment is one year, but we expect the position to be renewed for a second year, contingent on continued funding. The salary is $55,000/year plus excellent benefits through Rutgers University. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume no later than March 15, 2022. The cover letter should address all of the position requirements listed above. To apply, please go to https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/155225 or click here.
Cornell Law School is seeking to hire 1-2 Postdoctoral Associates to collaborate with and contribute to Professor Stephen Yale-Loehr’s foundation-funded research on various immigration law and policy issues, including but not limited to:
- Private refugee sponsorship.
- How to legalize the estimated 10 million undocumented immigrants.
- Possible paths to permanent status for immigrants who are currently in tenuous immigration statuses like DACA and temporary protected status.
- The economic, sociological, and educational outcomes of immigrants and refugees under recent changes.
- The extent to which immigrants fail to use public benefits to which they are entitled.
The selected candidate(s) will conduct research on one or more of these key immigration issues, write reports and op-eds, and coordinate conferences on the findings and recommendations. The selected candidate(s) may also assist on research and analysis of other immigration policy issues through the Law School’s Migration and Human Rights Center and Cornell’s Migration Global Grand Challenge
Applicants must have a relevant Ph.D. and/or a law degree (J.D.) completed by June 2022. The ideal candidate will have the following:
- Strong research and writing skills.
- Superior analytical skills and an ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively.
- Self-motivation with the ability to take the initiative and follow through on projects to completion.
- Ability to work independently and with others.
- A demonstrated commitment to immigration law.
Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
This is a full-time position for a period of one-year starting in summer 2022, and is benefits-eligible. Reappointment for an additional one-year term is possible, based on performance and funding availability.
The selected candidate(s) will receive an annual salary of $57,500.
The position may be conducted either in-person at the Law School in Ithaca, NY or remotely at a location of choice in the United States. Please note that the New York Convenience of employer guidelines require New York State individual tax reporting and withholdings for the position if the work is conducted outside of NYS. Additional individual state income tax filings may also be required if working outside NYS.
Interested applicants should submit a CV, detailed cover letter, the names of and contact information for three references, and one or more writing samples to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/21049. The cover letter should include: your interest in this position and Professor Yale-Loehr’s research and how it fits with your career objectives; your organizational skills and experience with research projects; and an example of how you have taken initiative to solve a work-related research problem.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to early applicants.
Questions may be referred to Liz Flint (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
The start of spring semester means job searching for law students and graduates. Here are some legal internships posted on the immprof-list serve. Please additional listings in comments.
The Valerie Zukin Memorial Fellowship was established in September 2021 to honor Valerie Anne Zukin by advancing the development of more fierce and compassionate immigration lawyers like her. Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural two summer fellows, who will be housed at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) in Tacoma, WA and Immigrant Legal Defense (ILD) in Oakland, CA. All positions are currently remote.
The postings are on idealist.org: here (ILD) and here (NWIRP). There is a PDF of the combined announcement attached. Kindly share widely, especially with law students or colleagues at law schools that do not offer summer public interest funding. The 10-week summer fellowships will pay $15,000 each. If you would like to consider a donation to honor Valerie, or just to learn more about her incredible spirit and legacy, please visit: bit.ly/ValerieZukinMemorialFellowship
The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild is accepting applications for summer internships (h/t Michelle Mendez)
Legal interns are exposed to a wide range of legal research and writing projects, including amicus briefs, pleadings in affirmative lawsuits, client declarations, practice advisories, legislative analysis, legal memoranda, advocacy letters, FOIA requests, and comments on proposed immigration regulations. Interns also assist with the National Immigration Project's outreach and advocacy work. The National Immigration Project seeks candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to immigrants' rights. Preference is given to those law students who have taken an immigration law class or have prior experience working on immigrants' rights issues. Students with law school clinical experience are encouraged to apply. We also encourage applications from people with personal experience of the immigration enforcement system, immigrants, women, people of color, persons with disabilities, persons with diverse gender and sexual identities, and formerly incarcerated people. The internship is remote. Interns are expected to work full-time for a duration of 10 weeks. A small stipend may be available for applicants who do not have funding or are not receiving academic credit. Please note your availability and funding situation in your cover letter.
Interested candidates may apply by submitting PDFs of a cover letter, resume, list of references, and a writing sample of no longer than 5 pages by email to email@example.com. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications early in order to be considered for an internship position.
The American Immigration Council and New American Economy (merged) is hiring two interns for summer 2022, a legal intern and a policy intern. (H/t Kate Melloy Goettel at AIC)
The Center for Immigration Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law is looking for two law students to work with us this summer. (H/T Ahilan Arulananthan)
Applications for the 2022 UC Berkeley Human Rights Center Summer Fellowship now open. Learn more & access application: If you have questions about UC Berkeley's process or need contacts at other campuses, please contact Alexey Berlind at firstname.lastname@example.org
Just Futures Law (JFL) is hiring a full-time, remote Senior Staff Attorney with litigation expertise! This attorney will engage in litigation and advocacy to combat tech policing deployed against immigrant communities, defend the First Amendment rights of immigrants, and challenge immigration enforcement. Just Futures Law, Inc. (JFL) is a womxn-of-color-led movement law project that defends and builds the power of immigrant rights and criminal justice activists, organizers, and community groups to prevent the criminalization, detention, and deportation of immigrants and people of color in the United States, JFL’s work is virtual and a staff of 5 works remotely in D.C., MA, NC, and NY. All positions are remote within the U.S.
To learn more and apply to join our team, click here.
NIJC is offering two 2-year funded fellowships. The selected fellows will provide legal representation to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. The fellowships will begin in September 2022. To apply, see https://immigrantjustice.org/schreiber-fellowships-fall-2022.
The specific work of the fellows will be determined based on the interests of candidates and NIJC’s needs. One fellow will work with NIJC’s asylum project and immigrant children’s project. A second position will provide legal services responding to emerging issues that NIJC identifies. For example, the emerging-issues fellow might be called on to work with individuals detained at the border, or individuals who may become eligible for immigration status based on changes in immigration laws and/or policy. Both fellowships will begin immediately following Labor Day in September 2022, and they will last until the end of August 2024. Applications for the fellowship are due on or before February 28, 2022, and applicants are encouraged to submit their applications in advance of the deadline. Fellows will be based in NIJC’s Chicago or Indiana offices and/or in a hybrid-remote arrangement depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of the fellowship, fellows will be eligible to seek permanent employment with NIJC if there are pending positions, and will receive strong consideration for any open position at NIJC. The fellowship is open to current 3Ls and attorneys who have graduated within the last three years. To apply, see https://immigrantjustice.org/schreiber-fellowships-fall-2022
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is hiring for several positions with our program to provide legal services to unaccompanied children at the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s Ft. Bliss Emergency Intake Site in El Paso, Texas. All positions are based in El Paso and include Managing Attorney, Staff Attorney, and Social Services Coordinator and Program Coordinator. Postings and application instructions are listed on KIND’s job page here: https://supportkind.org/join-the-team/jobs/.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services is hiring law clerks and recent or soon-to-be-gradated law school alum to serve as entry-level attorneys in multiple locations nationwide. Policy analyst positions also available. (H/T Steve Bell, Steve Legomsky)
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Job Announcement: Immigration Clinic Director (Tenure Track Position) - Univ. of Arkansas (Fayetteville)
Immigration Clinic Director (Tenure Track Position) - Univ. of Arkansas (Fayetteville)
The University of Arkansas School of Law (Fayetteville) invites applications from both entry-level and lateral candidates for a tenure track teaching position. The law school is focused on hiring an individual to direct our existing and successful Immigration Clinic. This is a nine-month position and would begin in Summer 2022.
In furtherance of the law school’s fundamental commitment to experiential learning and equity, clinical professors have full tenure rights and equal voting privileges on all issues. They also have equal access to support for their scholarship, including research assistance and research grants.
All applicants for the position should ideally have meaningful practice experience in immigration or asylum law and some familiarity with supervising law students or new attorneys. Additionally, candidates should ideally have demonstrated scholarly promise, strong teaching or mentorship skills, a distinguished academic record, and a commitment to service within the law school, university, and broader community. Any successful applicant will be expected to gain admission to the Arkansas bar.
The University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, located in the northwest corner of the state, is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the city of Fayetteville as one of the “top five” places to live in America. The region is welcoming, forward-thinking, and full of opportunities for outdoor recreation. The University of Arkansas School of Law is committed to attracting a diverse workforce and is proud to be an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. We welcome applications without regard to age, race/color, gender, pregnancy, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. Questions and applications should be directed to Steve Clowney, Chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee, at email@example.com.
Potential candidates can learn more about our clinical program by reviewing our most recent annual newsletters:
Saturday, December 11, 2021
The 8th Annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition is seeking papers addressing any topic related to international law and refugees, stateless persons, internally displaced persons, and/or forced migrants.
The Annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition is sponsored by the American Society of International Law (through its International Refugee Law Interest Group); along with the Global Migration Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva; the International Law Students Association; the International Journal of Refugee Law, and Oxford University Press.
The deadline for submissions is 15 January 2022.
For more information, contact Ian Kysel & Alice Farmer (co-chairs, ASIL International Refugee Law Interest Group)
The National Immigration Law Center has established a two-year NILC Law Fellowship. It is accepting applications for our first NILC Law Fellow, to begin a fellowship term from Fall 2022-Fall 2024. Additional information and a link to apply are available here, and the application deadline is January 7, 2022.
MHC (h/t Lisa Graybill)
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
The Russell Sage Foundation is pleased to announce a dissertation research grants (DRG) program to support innovative and high-quality dissertation research projects that address questions relevant to RSF's priority areas: Behavioral Science and Decision Making in Context; Future of Work ; Race, Ethnicity and Immigration; Immigration and Immigrant Integration; and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality. Proposed projects must be closely aligned with the funding priorities listed on the RSF website for any of these areas, contribute to RSF's mission to improve social and living conditions in the U.S., and demonstrate appropriate use of relevant theory, innovative data, rigorous research methods, and measures. The application period is January 18-February 1, 2021.
The Federal Defender Services has announced a Diversity Fellowship for the next generation of public defenders. Defense work in the federal defender system is especially important for immigrant rights given the impact of criminal convictions on noncitizens, and the federal government's role in prosecuting immigration crime.
The Diversity Fellowship is for two years and designed to train new attorneys in criminal defense and representation.
For more information and a list of offices participating in the program, see https://diversityfellowship.fd.org/frontpage.
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Monday, October 18, 2021
The Cardozo School of Law’s Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic is interested in hiring two attorneys as Clinical Teaching Fellows. On fellowship will begin in early 2022 and the other in summer 2022. Past fellows have generally had 3-5 years of practice experience prior to coming to the clinic and have generally worked with the clinic for 2-3 years. The annual salary for fellows is $72,000 with full benefits.
The fellow’s core responsibilities would include a combination of the following:
work on deportation defense, or related cases, in the immigration, federal and state courts;
work on impact litigation and advocacy projects with immigrant community-based and national advocacy
supervision of clinic students on litigation and advocacy projects;
assistance in teaching and administering the clinic seminar; and
- primary responsibility for the clinic docket during the summer session.
In addition, the fellow would have significant autonomy to construct her or his own docket of relevant work in accordance with his or her interests and would have the opportunity to take part in the academic life of the law school. This position is ideal for candidates interested in the substantive areas of immigration or criminal law, candidates interested in transitioning from direct service to impact work, candidates seeking supervisory experience, and/or candidates interested in careers in clinical teaching. Past fellows have gone on to positions as clinical professors, executive directors of non-profits, managing attorneys of direct service immigration practices, and leadership positions in city government.
The Immigration Justice Clinic at Cardozo is an in-house year-long intensive live client clinic in which students represent immigrants in a variety of matters. Individual cases most frequently involve deportation/removal proceedings in the immigration and federal courts. In addition, students and fellows have the opportunity to represent immigrant community-based and national advocacy organizations engaged in impact projects on cutting edge immigration issues. Impact litigation, as well as legislative advocacy, are mainstays of the clinic’s docket. Substantively, the clinic’s docket focuses primarily on immigrants facing deportation because of encounters with the criminal justice system and more generally on immigration enforcement issues. You can learn more about the clinic under the “Learn About Our Work” link at http://www.cardozo.yu.edu/immigrationjusticeclinic.
The clinic directors, Peter L. Markowitz and Lindsay Nash, full-time members of the Cardozo faculty, will be responsible for mentoring, training, and supervising the Clinical Teaching Fellow.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and list of at least three references (ideally academic and professional) to: Linda Falk at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Please put “IJC Fellowship” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Research and Policy Analyst
The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS), an educational institute/think tank devoted to the study of international migration, seeks to hire a full-time research and policy analyst. The position will work closely with CMS’s Executive Director (ED) and Deputy Director and will conduct research and staff a technical support function. The research and policy analyst’s responsibilities will include responding to data requests, generating tabulations and data fact sheets, providing legal and policy research support, representing the agency in relevant stakeholder and working group meetings, and administrative responsibilities.
Among other areas of responsibilities, the research and policy analyst will:
- Conduct research and data collection, statistical demographic analysis, and evaluation and interpretation of results;
- Maintain database of data and statistics related to CMS’s areas of focus for use in reports and dissemination to internal and external stakeholders;
- Participate on advisory teams and respond to CMS’s partners data requests;
- Conduct research on new or existing legislation, regulations, policies, and practices;
- Support the delivery of knowledge and the dissemination of work products, including reports, briefs, blogs, presentations, policy briefings, academic conferences, and others;
- Contribute to the development and design of marketing materials, fact-sheets, infographics, and summaries; and,
- Contribute to the intellectual life and mission of CMS and otherwise assist the ED as necessary.
The candidate should have excellent writing and research skills, interest and experience in quantitative programming, and knowledge of immigration issues. Other qualifications include:
- A Master’s degree in a relevant social science field, JD, or equivalent demonstrable expertise;
- At least 3-5 years of relevant experience in research applied to social issues, particularly pertaining to migration in the Americas, through working in academia and/or within research organizations;
- Close attention to detail;
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and follow through on issues in a timely manner;
- Interested in advancing CMS’s mission;
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including ability to summarize and synthesize complex information accurately and concisely.
- Experience presenting research results to diverse audiences, including academics, policymakers, and the general public;
- Familiarity with US policies and immigrant groups would be an asset.
- Ability to work cooperatively and supportively with Catholic immigrant-serving institutions.
- Experience working with data from Census Bureau surveys such as the American Community Survey and an understanding of survey sampling and weighting. Familiarity with Census Bureau variables and methodologies is preferred.
- High intermediate to advanced programming proficiency in STATA and an intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
- Experience with analysis and/or making simple maps on R, Tableau, ArcGIS, or another statistical software is an asset.
The annual salary for this position is $67,500 - $72,500, commensurate with experience. CMS offers excellent benefits, including a generous health insurance plan, dental and vision coverage, and a tax-deferred annuity plan. Proficiency in Spanish and other languages preferred.
The position is full-time and based in New York City. However, some telecommuting is allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please submit a letter of interest by September 30, 2021, with a resume or curriculum vitae and original writing sample to Daniela Alulema, CMS’s Director of Programs, at DAlulema@cmsny.org. Please also indicate your availability.
The position is open until filled and applications are accepted immediately. Due to the high volume of applications, CMS cannot return phone calls about the position, and regrettably, cannot notify all applicants of the status of their applications unless an interview is requested.
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
This is a fantastic opportunity for graduating law students to join the movement for immigrant representation.
Each year IJC awards Justice Fellowships to approximately 25 recent law graduates from around the country.
IJC trains Justice Fellows to become experts in immigration law and pairs them with leading nonprofit organizations.
Applications are due on October 15, 2021.
Additional information on the fellowship and how to apply is available here.
Friday, August 6, 2021
The Chacón Center for Immigrant Justice at Maryland Carey Law is hiring an inaugural Director for our new Federal Appellate Immigration Clinic for Fall 2022. The Director will work with Professor Maureen Sweeney and Center Associate Director Gabriela Kahrl to pursue the Chacón Center’s goals of human rights, racial equity and social justice for immigrants. The Director will be charged with designing and teaching a clinic to engage in federal appellate litigation that will work in collaboration with the law school's Immigration Clinic and will be focused on the immigration consequences of convictions, humanitarian protection, and other impact issues that affect immigrants. Applicants with strong backgrounds in legal practice, applicants of color, applicants with disabilities, veterans, women, and other members of historically disadvantaged groups, are especially welcomed.
The official job posting is here. The position is open to both entry level and junior lateral candidates with potential for outstanding legal practice, clinical education, and scholarly achievement. The position will begin July 1, 2022.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies' Congressional Fellowship is designed for young AAPI professionals looking to increase their experience in public policy and service. The full-time paid, 9-month program places fellows in congressional offices to gain policy experience as part of the legislative team. Applications are now open for their 2022 Congressional Racial Equity Fellowship program, in which Racial Equity fellows will research and analyze community-based recommendations along with key public policy initiatives that affect economic opportunity, structural racism, and health equity. Application deadline is July 20, 2021.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute is offering a similar internship on Capitol Hill. The program is accepting applications from college students and recent graduates to serve as a Congressional Intern in the halls of power in Washington, D.C. The intern will gain professional experience by working closely with the Hill staffers, policy experts, and elected officials. Application deadline is October 1, 2021.
Disclosure: I worked as an APAICS summer intern at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Community Relations in college and had a great experience learning about DC policy and networking with APA leaders.
Friday, July 16, 2021
The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) is seeking communications interns and research interns.
MPI is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank based in Washington, DC, and dedicated to the study of migration worldwide. MPI and its sister organization, the Brussels-based MPI Europe, work closely with policymakers, researchers, and practitioners to analyze, develop, and evaluate migration and refugee policies at local, state, national, and international levels. MPI’s internship program has trained more than 250 future global migration scholars and policy analysts. Publication opportunities are available to interns, and more than half of MPI’s interns are now published authors in the field of migration.
General Internship Application Deadlines (fall internship will be remote)
- November 1 - for Spring Semester (generally January - April)
- March 1 - for Summer Semester (generally May - August)
- July 15 - for Fall Semester (generally September - December)
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
The Chacón Center for Immigrant Justice at Maryland Carey Law in Baltimore is hiring a (recent graduate) fellow to support our expanding work in removal defense (asylum and crim/imm), legislative advocacy and naturalization.
This is a one-year position with the possibility of a one-year renewal, subject to Fellow performance. Interested applicants should submit (a) a cover letter, (b) resume, (c) the names and telephone numbers of at least three references by July 25, 2021.
Maureen Sweeney says: "We are especially interested in candidates motivated by the racial justice aspects of our work, but we welcome all applicants interested in building a career in immigrant justice work. We are requiring one year experience in immigration, but clinic work can fulfill that."
Full job description linked here.
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.
Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic, Cornell Law School
Cornell Law School is hiring for a two-year fellowship sponsored by First Presbyterian and First Baptist Churches of Cooperstown designed to foster child and youth security through the provision of immigration and family legal services.
The selected fellow will be based in the First Presbyterian Church and First Baptist Church of Cooperstown, working for the Cornell Law School Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic, a clinical course in which law students and attorneys handle immigration and employment matters on behalf of farmworkers in the region. The Farmworker Clinic also works on research and writing projects with civil rights, environmental protection, and farmworker rights organizations, and sometimes offers brief advice and referral outreach sessions in farmworker communities.
The Legal Fellow will:
- Work closely with the Clinic Supervisor, conduct outreach to community partners and develop a needs assessment and immigration access to justice plan for undocumented children and youth living and working on farms and in other settings in Otsego and surrounding counties.
- Represent selected clients in Immigration Court and before U.S. Citizenship and ImmigrationServices (USCIS).
- Represent selected clients in family court in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases.
- Provide screening, intake, brief legal advice and referral services.
- Educate the community on the impact of evolving immigration law and policy.
- Engage, train, and mentor pro bono attorneys to provide legal assistance to immigrants and their families.
- Develop resources for the community to identify pro bono attorneys.
- Develop pro se resources for community members.
- Supervise volunteer law students, undergraduate interns, and church volunteers, as appropriate and helpful for the project.
This is a full-time position for a period of two-years and is benefits eligible. It is an in-person position working from Cooperstown, NY. The start date is flexible, but August 2021 is preferred. Cornell Law School will also provide the fellow with position related travel reimbursement and bar dues, as well as opportunities to participate in national substantive training on immigration law legal issues and in a variety of local and regional skills based and substantive trainings.
The ideal candidate will have the following:
- A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and strong desire to assist indigent clients.
- Strong legal, writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
- The ability to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts, and to share an office.
- Ability and willingness to make frequent drives and stay overnight as needed for casework and/or training and in-person meetings onsite at Cornell.
- Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments.
- Law school clinic, externship, summer or other relevant practice experience a plus.
- Proficiency in Spanish preferred, willingness to recruit and work with interpreters required.
- The ability to undergo and pass a New York State child protective services background clearance, and routine child safety background checks to qualify for an office on the First Presbyterian and First Baptist church campuses.
- Those with immigration law and/or family law experience strongly encouraged to apply.
The selected candidate must either be admitted to the practice of law in New York, prepared to take the New York bar exam prior to beginning the Fellowship, or be admitted on written motion after hiring.
Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three references, and other significant supporting materials to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/18730. To ensure maximum consideration, please submit all application materials by June 25, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to early applicants.
Questions may be referred to Liz Flint (email@example.com).