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IJC Justice Fellowships Programme 2023

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Deadline: November 18, 2022

Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC) is welcoming applications for the Justice Fellowships Programme 2023. IJC awards Justice Fellowships each year to recent law graduates from all across the nation who have shown a dedication to helping immigrants and low-income clients as well as great aptitude and promise.

IJC matches Justice Fellows with top non-profit legal aid organizations and community-based groups after training them to become authorities in immigration law. Based on the applicant’s experience and interests, service gaps in the community, location preferences, and the requirements of their partnered host organizations, IJC pairs selected Fellows with those organizations.

Justice Fellows represent immigrants in an array of immigration matters including:

  • Removal defense
  • Affirmative asylum applications
  • Relief available to juveniles and victims of crime, domestic violence, or human trafficking.

Unaccompanied Children Program in partnership with the Vera Institute of Justice

To fulfill the urgent demand for legal counsel, they are expanding their reach in addition to the core Justice Fellowship program, which enrolls 35–40 fellows annually. IJC and the Vera Institute of Justice recently collaborated to place 60 more Justice Fellows with Vera’s nationwide network of legal service providers as part of Vera’s Unaccompanied Children Program.

There is a considerable demand for Justice Fellows to offer unaccompanied minors involved in removal processes reputable legal representation. Applications particularly welcomed from anyone who want to protect migrant children’s rights.

Eligibility

Justice Fellow Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants may be 3Ls, graduating law school by the spring of 2023
  • Applicants may be 2021 or 2022 law school graduates
  • At the time of selection must have authorization to work in the United States for two years

Unaccompanied Children Program Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants interested in the Unaccompanied Children Program must be law graduates
  • Applicants must have graduated no earlier than Spring 2020
  • Spanish fluency required
  • At the time of selection must have authorization to work in the United States for two years
Application
  • Applications must be submitted by the deadline of November 18, 2022

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, versus a staff attorney role?
  • What skills and experiences have prepared you for work with immigrant communities?
  • Essay Question (500 words or less): At the core of IJC’s mission is the goal of increasing access to counsel.  If you could design a universal representation system for immigrant courts nationwide, what would it look like? Who would qualify for representation and why and what mechanisms would you recommend for appointing counsel?

For further information on Justice Fellowships Programme 2023 visit IJC

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