The fellowship

Immigrant Justice Corps will award Justice Fellowships to 25 recent law graduates and law clerks from around the country – individuals with tremendous talent and promise and a demonstrated commitment to provide legal services for the poor and for immigrants. We also select 10 Community Fellows — exceptional college graduates with the linguistic skills, passion and cultural competency to work in and with New York City’s diverse immigrant communities.

Applications for the Community Fellow class are now closed. Please check again when we begin recruiting for next year’s class.

Justice Fellow Applications for the Class of 2017 are now open!


Thank you for your interest in jointing Immigrant Justice Corps’ 2017 Justice Fellow Class!

Immigrant Justice Corps is an innovative Fellowship program – the first of its kind in the country – dedicated to meeting the need for high quality legal assistance for immigrants fighting deportation, seeking lawful status and a path to citizenship.  IJC pairs talented law and college graduates with leading non-profit organizations, in and around New York City, to help immigrants navigate the complex immigration system. As the next generation of immigration lawyers, IJC Fellows remove barriers to justice and economic opportunity for immigrants pursuing the American dream.

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

Justice Fellow Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants may be 3Ls, graduating law school by Spring of 2017
  • Applicants may be 2016 law school graduates
  • Applicants may be 2015 law school graduates, if they will be completing another Fellowship or clerkship by August of 2017.

Justice Fellows are committed and talented recent law school graduates who provide legal representation to immigrants in and around New York City on removal defense cases and complex affirmative applications.

Justice Fellow Application Components:

  • Résumé (no more than two pages)
  • PDF of your law school transcript (unofficial)
  • Statement of Interest (500 words or less): describe why you would like to be an IJC Justice Fellow. Questions to consider in drafting the Statement of Interest include:
    • Why are you interested in immigration law?
    • How might an IJC Fellowship prepare you for the career you want to have in the future?
    • Why, specifically, are you interested in participating in a Fellowship program?
    • What skills and experiences have prepared you for work with immigrant communities in the greater New York area?
  • Essay Question (500 words or less): Please describe an interesting legal issue you have encountered in a job or internship.
    • What role did you play in addressing the issue?
    • What arguments were made in what forum?
    • Did you wish that the law was different? If so, in what way?
  • Two letters of recommendation: at least one of your references must be from a work or internship supervisor.

Before submitting your application please read the instructions below.

Additional Application Instructions:

To submit your application, you will need to set up an account through our application system where you will be prompted to answer the above questions.  When setting up your account you will be asked to enter a name for your submission – please use your full name as the submission name.

Additionally, once you set up your applicant account, you will need to enter email addresses for two references who will each submit a letter on your behalfOnce you enter your recommender’s email address your recommender will be sent an email with a link to submit their letter of reference on your behalf.   We highly recommend you reach out to your recommenders before entering your recommender’s email address into the system.  This way your recommenders will know to look out for the link and will know what it is when they receive it.  Frequently, recommender notifications are routed to spam, so it is important to follow up with your recommenders after you provide their emails to ensure they received it.  Please be sure to notify your recommenders to check both their inbox and spam folders.

The application deadline is November 15, 2016.  Every component of your application must be submitted by November 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m., EST, including your reference letters, so please reach out early to your references and let them know to expect an email requesting a reference on your behalf.  We will conduct interviews in December and hope to make offers by late December or early January.  Please note, this year we will be matching Justice Fellows with host organizations before making a Fellowship offer.

The Selection Process:

  1. All Justice Fellow applications and supporting documents are due on November 15th;
  2. Application review round one: a selection committee gathers to review all Justice Fellow applications and makes recommendations to IJC staff in mid-November;
  3. Application review round two: IJC staff reviews applications, recommended by the selection committee, and schedules interviews with prospective Justice Fellows in late November through early December;
  4. IJC staff will seek input from finalist Justice Fellow applicants and partnering host organizations regarding placement decisions;
  5. In late December-early January, offer letters, which include the proposed host organization placement, are sent to 25 Justice Fellows; 10 Justice Fellows will be placed on a wait list for potential hire.

You may contact us at if you have questions, concerns, or technical problems.  To learn more about Immigrant Justice Corps visit our website: