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Class of 2018 Community Fellowship Application Now Open!


Immigrant Justice Corps is currently recruiting for our next class of Community Fellows to start September 2018. Applications are open until March 15, 2018.


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 bilingual 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 the separation of their 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 Community Fellowship


Community Fellows are recent college graduates who conduct outreach and legal intake in underserved neighborhoods in and around New York.  Community Fellowships run for two years, at a salary of $38,000 per year plus benefits. Fellows will be trained by Immigrant Justice Corps at the start of their fellowship and will meet as a group throughout the course of the fellowship for professional development, skills training, and support. The Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship provides an excellent experience for recent graduates considering a career in law and/or immigrant rights advocacy.

Community Fellows work 40 hours a week, which may include weekend and evening hours to meet the needs of immigrants.  They screen immigrants for legal relief, help them file applications for citizenship, green cards, DACA, and more. Community Fellows will become Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representatives.  Community Fellows are placed in community-based host organizations in and around New York City, and their work is directly supervised by Immigrant Justice Corps’ staff attorneys.  Flexibility, a strong work ethic, and a good attitude are necessary characteristics for Community Fellows.

IJC seeks Fellows who are smart, compassionate, and passionate about justice for immigrants.  IJC also seeks Fellows dedicated to the idea of a Fellowship program – you give us two years of hard work and we will make sure you will be immersed in immigration law and helping others who likely would not have had an attorney or advocate otherwise.  All IJC Community Fellows speak a language in addition to English.

Because our Fellows are placed at many different partnering host organizations every Fellow’s experience is unique.  Community Fellows work on a high volume of “light touch” cases.  That means Community Fellows spend most days meeting with clients, conducting screenings and completing applications.  The most common types of applications that Community Fellows work on are applications for naturalization, DACA, green card renewals, and Temporary Protected Status.

For Frequently Asked Questions about the fellowship and the host organizations, please read our FAQs.


Community Fellow Eligibility Requirements


Community Fellows are committed and talented recent college graduates who advocate for immigrants throughout New York City and surrounding counties.

  • Applicants must speak another language in addition to English.
  • Applicants may be college graduates (undergrad level) from the 2017 academic year;
  • Applicants may be college students (undergrad level) graduating in 2018.


How to Apply


To apply please visit: to complete our online application.  All applications are due no later than Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.


Community Fellow Application Components


  • Resume (no more than two pages);
  • PDF of your college transcript (unofficial);
  • Statement of Interest (500 words or less): describe why you would like to be an IJC Community Fellow. Questions to consider in drafting your Statement of Interest include:
    • Why are you interested in immigration advocacy?
    • How might an IJC Fellowship prepare you for the career you want to have in the future?
    • What skills and experiences have prepared you to work with immigrant communities in New York?
  • Essay Question (500 words or less): Please select ONE question for the essay.
    • If you could make one positive change to the immigration system, but would have to link it to a negative change, what would your two changes be and why?
    • Discuss a challenge you have faced in a workplace, school, or volunteer setting and describe how you addressed the challenge.  Please be sure that this essay is not duplicative of your personal statement.
  • Two letters of recommendation. We strongly prefer receiving one letter from a professor and one from a current or former employer or internship supervisor.


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 Community Fellowship.  During the webinars, staff will lead a discussion on the elements of IJC’s Community Fellow program, current Community Fellows will share their experiences, and interested applicants will have an opportunity to ask questions.


We are currently in the process of scheduling our webinars.  If interested in receiving the schedule of our webinars once they have been confirmed please fill out this form.


On-Campus Visits


Interested in meeting with an IJC representative?  Immigrant Justice Corps staff and Fellows will be scheduling on campus visits.  Watch our Facebook for session dates.  Want IJC to come to your school?  Reach out to to arrange a potential visit.


More Questions?


For questions about the application, on-campus visits, or webinar sessions, please contact

For technical concerns regarding your Community Fellowship application on FluidReview please contact the FluidReview Helpdesk at Monday-Friday 6AM EST – 10PM EST, Weekends: 9AM EST – 8PM EST.





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


Justice Fellowship Timeline:

  • October – Recruitment for next years’ Justice Fellow class begins and the application portal opens;
  • November – Application portal closes; Selection Committee meets
  • December – Interviews are scheduled; Finalists are notified; Finalists engage in “pre-matching” with potential host organizations
  • January – Matches are completed and offers are extended to the new class of Justice Fellows matched with their host organizations;
  • September – New class of Justice Fellows starts.


Justice Fellow Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants may be 3Ls, graduating law school by the Spring of 2019
  • Applicants may be 2018 law school graduates
  • Applicants may be 2017 law school graduates, if they will be completing another fellowship or clerkship by August of 2019.



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.