FAQs: Justice Fellowships
Justice Fellowship applications for the Class of 2021 are now open until October 7, 2020.
- June – Recruitment for next years’ Justice Fellow class begins and the application portal opens
- October – Application portal closes; A diverse selection committee of stakeholders gathers to review all Justice Fellow applications. IJC Staff reviews applications recommended by the selection committee and schedules interviews with prospective Fellows.
- November – Interviews are scheduled; Finalists and those placed on the waitlist are notified; Finalists engage in “pre-matching” with potential host organizations
- December – 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.
Do I need to speak a language other than English?
The ability to speak another language other than English is preferable but not required. We recruit and select applicants based in part on their language ability and the specific linguistic needs of our host organizations. The language that is in highest demand by host organizations is Spanish, however, we frequently find a need for other languages as well.
What does the application consist of?
Applicants must submit a resume, transcript, two letters of recommendation, and two essays. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee and IJC staff.
Do all Justice Fellows have to take the New York Bar?
It depends on the host organization placement. Many of our host organizations work with children on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (“SIJS”) petitions, which require appearances in State Court. If the organization you are placed with regularly does SIJS work, you will likely need to become admitted to the bar of that state. However, if you work for an organization that only works on non-SIJS cases, it may be possible for you to take the bar exam of a different state.
Will Immigrant Justice Corps sponsor me for a green card or skilled worker visa?
No. All Fellows must be eligible for work authorization in the U.S. for the two years of the Fellowship.
If chosen, may I defer?
No. Fellows who are selected must be ready to start the program in September of their acceptance year.
Do I need to submit an official transcript?
No. Please submit a PDF of a school-issued transcript.
Can my resume be more than one page?
Yes, though please limit yourself to two pages.
Do I have to finish my application before my recommenders can submit their letters?
No. Your recommenders can upload their letters as soon as you enter their information into the recommendation application step. However, your application can not be submitted until your recommenders have submitted their letters. We therefore recommend that you give them ample time and sporadic reminders to complete their recommendations.
May LLMs apply for the Justice Fellowship?
Yes, LLM graduates may apply if they have sat/will sit for the New York Bar before the Fellowship begins.
Am I an employee of IJC or of the host organization?
Most Justice Fellows become employees of their host organization and receive benefits and supervision through their hosts. IJC guarantees a minimum salary ($56,000 for Justice Fellows), health insurance coverage, and at least three weeks’ paid time off for Fellows. We work with host organizations to ensure that Fellows who make the IJC minimum salary do not pay a monthly contribution to health insurance (for a single person only, if dependent coverage is needed there may be a monthly contribution made by the Fellow). Beyond that, benefits packages, work environment, and even salary, vary greatly from one organization to another.
While most Justice Fellows are not directly employed by IJC, each Fellow is a member of the IJC team, which consists of a consortium of contemporary social justice advocates focused on providing desperately needed legal services to vulnerable immigrant populations.
Do Justice Fellows continue to work in immigration after the Fellowship?
Approximately 92% of our Fellows have continued to work in immigration law with IJC, host organizations, other non profits, government agencies and in private practice.