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 will also select 20 Community Fellows for the class of 2015 — exceptional college graduates with the linguistic skills, passion and cultural competency to work in and with New York City’s diverse immigrant communities.

Structure

Justice Fellows will be hosted in New York City’s leading non-profit legal services offices, which will be selected to participate in IJC on a competitive basis. Upon selection, Fellows will have the opportunity to indicate their preferences for the host organization where they will work, though IJC will ultimately make placement decisions.

Justice Fellows will represent immigrants fighting deportation, as well as those applying affirmatively for asylum and for relief as victims of crime, domestic violence and human trafficking. Justice Fellows will be supervised primarily by experienced attorneys at their host organizations, with supplemental support from IJC’s own supervisory staff.

Benefits

Justice Fellowships run for two years, with the possibility of renewing for a third year based on mutual agreement by the Fellow and the host. During the two years of the Fellowship, Fellows’ salaries ($50,000) and benefits will be underwritten by IJC.

In addition, Fellows will participate in a comprehensive immigration law training program at the start of their Fellowship. Throughout the course of the Fellowship, Fellows will meet biweekly as a group for professional development activities, skills trainings, case sharing, reflection sessions and other programmatic activities organized by the IJC staff. At the end of the Fellowship, IJC Fellows will be extraordinarily well trained, deeply networked in the immigrant rights community, and committed to developing creative strategies to fight poverty and ensure access to justice.

For applicants

The Justice Fellowship is for recent law graduates. Applicants may be current third year law students, may have graduated in 2014, or may have graduated in 2013 if they have been on a fellowship or clerkship since graduation. Fluency in a language other than English is highly desirable All Fellows must begin on August 31, 2015.

The online application will be available between October 15th and November 15th. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on November 15, 2014 and must be submitted via the IJC website.

Finalists will be interviewed in early December in New York City or via video conference for applicants who are unable to travel to New York City. Fellows will be informed of their selection by December 31, 2014.

Applicants will be asked to submit:

  • A resume
  • A transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least one academic reference and at least one from a prior employer or someone who can speak to the quality of your work in a professional setting (internships, work study and term-time employers are absolutely fine).
  • A statement of interest no longer than 500 words describing 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? How might an IJC Fellowship prepare you for the career you may want to have in the future? What skills and experiences have prepared you for work with immigrant communities in New York?
  • A short essay no longer than 500 words on the following topic: If you could completely redesign America’s immigration system, what would it look like?  You are encouraged to envision broad changes, but a focus on specific aspects of immigration law and policy is also welcome.  Be bold, and tell us what you think would work better.

For host organizations

Applications to host 2015 Justice and Community Fellows will be accepted in early 2015. Please visit our website in the future for more updates.

Non-discrimination statement

Immigrant Justice Corps does not discriminate against any person seeking services or employment based on race, color, creed, sex, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital status, partnership status, alienage or citizenship status, gender identity, disability, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Structure

Community Fellowships are available to students who are completing their undergraduate degrees and are committed to immigrant justice. They will be placed in community-based host organizations throughout New York City.

Community Fellows will become accredited representatives of the Board of Immigration Appeals. They will conduct outreach and intake around the city, and assist immigrants with a range of cases such as naturalization and adjustment applications, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and more. Immigrant Justice Corps’ staff attorneys will closely supervise Community Fellows and “ride circuit” to host sites to review cases and ensure quality control.

Benefits

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 biweekly throughout the course of the fellowship for professional development, skills training, and support.

At the end of the fellowship, Community Fellows will be extraordinarily well trained, deeply networked in the legal and immigrant rights community, and profoundly committed to developing creative strategies to fight poverty and ensure access to justice.

Applications for 2015 Community Fellows will be accepted beginning in early 2015.