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 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.
Immigrant Justice Corps is recruiting its next class of Fellows. We will award 25 two-year Justice Fellowships to recent law graduates from around the country and match them with top immigration non-profits in New York City and surrounding counties. Justice Corps fellows serve the newcomers who most need legal help, and collectively they expand the quality and quantity of legal representation for under-served immigrants. We are recruiting people with a demonstrated commitment to immigration law and the intent to remain in the field permanently.
Justice Fellows will be placed in leading non-profit legal services organizations, which will be selected as hosts on a competitive basis. Fellows, once chosen, will have the opportunity to indicate their preferences for the host organization where they will work. The goal of the program is to send the best new lawyers to where the need is greatest, and IJC will make final 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.
Justice Fellowships run for two years. During the Fellowship, Fellows’ salaries ($50,000/year) and benefits will be underwritten by IJC.
Fellows participate in a comprehensive immigration law training program at the start of their Fellowship. Throughout the course of the Fellowship, Fellows will meet regularly 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.
The Justice Fellowship is for recent law graduates. Applicants may be current third year law students, may have graduated in 2015, or may have graduated in 2014 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 29, 2016.
How to Apply
The online application will be open between September 13th and November 13th. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on November 13, 2015 and must be submitted via the IJC website: www.justicecorps.org.
Finalists will be interviewed in December in New York City or via video conference. Fellows will be informed of their selection by early January 2016.
Applicants are asked to submit:
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Community Fellows are recent college graduates who conduct outreach and legal intake in underserved neighborhoods in New York. They screen immigrant New Yorkers for legal relief, and help them file applications for citizenship, green cards, DACA, Deferred Action for Parents, and more.
Community Fellowships are available to students who are completing their undergraduate degree in 2015 or completed it in 2014 and are committed to immigrant justice. Community Fellows become Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representatives. They are placed in community-based host organizations throughout New York City, and their work is directly supervised by Immigrant Justice Corps’ staff attorneys.
Community Fellowships run for two years at a salary of $38,000 per year plus benefits. Fellows are trained by Immigrant Justice Corps at the start of their fellowship and meet as a group throughout the course of the fellowship for professional development, skills training, and support.
Community Fellows work 40 hours a week, including significant weekend and evening hours in order to meet the needs of immigrant New Yorkers. Work sites may vary throughout the week and throughout the two years of the program as we deploy Fellows to the neighborhoods with the greatest need for legal help. Flexibility, a strong work ethic, and a good attitude are necessary characteristics of Community Fellows.
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. The Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship provides an excellent experience for recent graduates considering a career in law and/or immigrant rights advocacy.
The Community Fellowship is for recent college graduates, which includes seniors and 2014 graduates. Proficiency in a language other than English is required. All Fellows must be ready to begin work in early June 2015; exact date to be determined.
The online application will be open from January 15, 2015 to March 2, 2015. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on March 2, 2015 and must be submitted via the IJC website.
Interviews will take place in mid-March in New York City or via Skype. Fellows will be informed of their selection by April 15, 2015.
Applicants will be asked to submit:
Applications to host 2015 Justice and Community Fellows will be accepted in early 2015. Please visit our website in the future for more updates.
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.