September 2018 Immigration Legal Services Fellowship!

    Oct 13, 2017

    We are recruiting an immigration legal services fellow to begin in September of 2018.  The fellowship is a unique hybrid private-public design in which the fellow (once licensed) will carry a caseload that is 60% pro bono (thanks to a generous private grant) and 40% private/paid clientele. The spirit of the fellowship is to train the fellow to become an effective, compassionate and fierce immigration attorney. While prior relevant experience is valued, most importantly the ideal candidate will be passionate about standing up for immigrants’ rights – including for people with stigmatizing criminal records and mental health issues – share our holistic and extra-mile approach to representation, and be detail-oriented, organized and motivated. The position involves providing direct immigration legal services including in courtroom and detention settings.

    Given the start date of September of 2018, the fellowship is ideal for a current third year law school student graduating and taking the bar in 2018, but is also open to other entry-level attorneys. The duration of the fellowship is one-year with the possibility of extension.

    More about the practice/position: Our office provides direct immigration legal services for people before immigration courts and agencies. The fellow will represent individuals in defensive and affirmative applications for relief. See this link for our practice areas. The practice is lean, fast-paced and high volume.

    Qualifications:

    • Law school graduate awaiting bar results by September 2018 (continued employment dependent on passing the bar) or licensed attorney
    • Spanish-fluency required
    • See ideal candidate description above

    Compensation:

    • $55,000/year
    • Benefits are being determined, but include generous vacation, sick, and holiday package.

    To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, three references and a legal writing sample to Helen Lawrence at Helenlawrence.esq@gmail.com. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

    Please note that this is separate fellowship listing from the bridge fellowship.