Apply to be part of Immigrant Justice Corps



Thank you for your interest in joining Immigrant Justice Corps’ Community Fellowship.  Applications for the Community Fellowship are currently closed.  If you are interested in applying for the next class of Community Fellows, please complete our outreach form to be notified when the Community Fellowship application opens.


Community Fellowship Timeline:

  • February – Recruitment for next years’ Community Fellow class begins and the application portal opens;
  • March – Application portal closes; selection begins and interviews are scheduled;
  • April – Finalists are notified and the matching process begins;
  • May – Offers are extended to the new class of Community Fellows;
  • September – New class of Community Fellows starts.

Community Fellow Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must speak another language in addition to English;
  • Applicants may be college seniors who will graduate before September of the fellowship year or may have graduated during the academic year one year before the start of the fellowship year.

Class of 2018 Justice Fellowship Application Now Open


Immigrant Justice Corps is currently recruiting for our next class of Justice Fellows that will start September 2018.  We will award 25 two-year Justice Fellowships to recent law graduates from around the country.  Applications are open until November 14, 2017



 About Immigrant Justice Corps


Immigrant Justice Corps (“IJC”), is the nation’s first and only immigration legal fellowship program. IJC seeks to expand access to counsel by increasing the quantity of immigration lawyers and the quality of the immigration bar. Each year IJC recruits talented young lawyers (“Justice Fellows”) and college graduates (“Community Fellows”) many of whom are first-generation immigrants and bi-lingual graduates from the country’s top universities, for a two-year fellowship.  IJC trains Fellows to be experts in immigration law and pairs them with leading non-profit legal services providers and community based organizations in New York City, Long Island, the Lower Hudson Valley, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Texas to provide legal services to low income immigrants.

The Fellows provide a broad range of immigration services including deportation defense, applications for asylum, naturalization, green cards and other forms of relief available to juveniles and victims of crime, domestic violence or human trafficking.  Quality legal assistance allows immigrants to avoid deportation and separation of families.  Immigrants who can to improve their legal status are better able to gain lawful employment, receive financial aid to college, access health care and live stable, productive lives in the United States.

IJC is infusing the legal profession with a new generation of lawyers and advocates committed to providing high quality representation and innovative thinking about the delivery of legal services to a vulnerable population, including the use of new technologies.


About the Justice Fellowship


Each year IJC awards Justice Fellowships to recent law graduates and law clerks from around the country – individuals with tremendous talent, promise, and a demonstrated commitment to providing legal services for low income people and for immigrants.  IJC trains Justice Fellows to become experts in immigration law and pairs them with leading non-profit legal services providers and community based organizations.  Justice Fellows represent immigrants in an array of immigration matters including removal defense, complex affirmative asylum applications, and other forms of relief available to juveniles and victims of crime, domestic violence, or human trafficking. IJC Fellows serve for two years and are provided with a full salary and benefits.

Justice Fellow Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants may be 3Ls, graduating law school by the Spring of 2018

Applicants may be 2017 law school graduates

Applicants may be 2016 law school graduates, if they will be completing another fellowship or clerkship by August of 2018.


Law School Visits:


 Interested in meeting with an IJC representative?  Immigrant Justice Corps staff and leadership team will be touring the country to speak at law schools.  Watch our Facebook for law school session dates.


Webinar Sessions:


Throughout the application period, we will be hosting a series of informative webinars for individuals interested in applying for the Class of 2018 Justice Fellowship.  During the webinars, staff will lead a discussion on the elements of IJC’s Justice Fellow program, current Justice Fellows will share their experiences, and interested applicants will have an opportunity to ask questions.


Webinar sessions are scheduled for:

Thursday, October 5th at 10:30 AM (EST)

Tuesday, October 17th at 2:30 PM (EST)

Friday, October 20th at 4:30 PM (EST)


To sign up for a webinar session please complete this form.


More Questions?


For Frequently Asked Questions about the Justice Fellowship, please read our FAQs.  For questions about the application, law school visits, or webinar sessions, please contact





We are always interested in speaking to non-profit organizations interested in hosting Justice Fellows and Community Fellows. Please email Victoria Neilson at for more information.