2012 Office of Immigration Litigation Volunteer Legal Internship/Externship Opportunities


The Office of Immigration Litigation (“OIL”) coordinates Federal immigration litigation nationwide, and has both an Appellate and a District Court Section. OIL defends the administrative decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals, involving removal orders and denials of applications for relief before the Federal Courts of Appeals. OIL also oversees civil immigration litigation in federal courts nationwide, both affirmative and defensive, and represents the United States at all  federal court levels. The Office’s attorneys handle removal cases in the Courts of Appeals, and support the Office of the Solicitor General’s immigration litigation efforts in the United States Supreme Court. The Office provides advice and counsel to United States Attorneys’ offices prosecuting criminal immigration issues that overlap with the Office’s civil litigation. OIL also provides support and counsel to all federal agencies involved in the admission, regulation, and removal of aliens under immigration and nationality statutes, as well as related areas of border enforcement and national security, and participates in public outreach activities, including training, conferences, and publications. The Office has approximately 310 attorneys and 100 support staff and handles approximately thirty percent of the Civil Division’s caseload.


Students will be assigned to one of OIL’s litigation teams. Responsibilities may vary depending upon a student’s time commitment and ability, but will include drafting motions and appellate briefs, writing case summaries for weekly litigation reports, conducting legal research and preparing memoranda, and performing other litigation support. Students typically draft appellate briefs in asylum and cancellation of removal cases and dispositive motions.


Students must be rising 2Ls by the start date of their internship, maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00, demonstrate interest in immigration or appellate law, and show strong research and writing skills. Students must be able to commit a minimum of 20 hours per week for at least ten continuous weeks. Background checks and United States citizenship are required.


OIL’s Appellate Section hires students for externships and internships for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Applications are typically due in early February for summer positions, early April for fall positions, and late October for spring positions. Please see the back of the brochure for specific deadlines for each semester. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, transcript (unofficial), and a 5-10 page writing sample to Terri León-Benner. For additional information, please visit the OIL website.

U.S. Department of the Interior Office of the Solicitor Legal Internship/Externship Program

The Office of the Solicitor is responsible for the legal work of the U.S. Department of the Interior (“DOI”), with nearly 200 practicing attorneys in the headquarters office and more than 300 attorneys nationwide. DOI is the Nation’s premier conservation agency. Their mission is to protect America’s treasures for future generations, provide access to natural and cultural heritage, offer recreation opportunities, honor our trust responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives and responsibilities to island communities, conduct scientific research, provide wise stewardship of energy and mineral resources, foster sound use of land and water resources, and conserve and protect fish and wildlife. The work is done through offices and bureaus (including the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Reclamation, Office of Surface Mining, and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement) affects the lives of millions of people; from the family taking a vacation in a national park to a child studying in an Indian school.

Legal interns/externs will be called upon to conduct legal research on a variety of environmental and administrative law issues, as well as on issues involving Indian law. Students typically draft legal memoranda, briefs and motions, and assist with discovery in active federal cases. Students may participate in conference calls and strategy sessions with other agency counsel, including Justice Department lawyers and agency officials. There may be additional opportunities to attend hearings and meetings in theWashington, D.C. area.

Qualifications: To qualify, individuals must be a student in good standing at an accredited law school. Candidates desired are those possessing excellent legal research and writing skills.

How to Apply: Students may apply by submitting the following documents: 

  • Resumé which includes 2 professional or academic references
  • Student Volunteer Application Form (required to designate which locations/organizations for which you wish to be considered).
  • Cover Letter
  • Copy of most recent transcripts (official or unofficial)
  • Writing Sample (no more than 3 pages)

A consolidated PDF file of all documents submitted for consideration (with the resumé as the first page) is preferred. Please submit application packages NO LATER THAN JANUARY 1, 2012 via email.  Please include in subject line of email and/or Fax: “INTERNSHIP APPLICATION – SUMMER 2012” If you have questions regarding this program, you may contact Kimberly Benton on (202) 208-6240 or Lori Jarman in (202) 208-5764, or visit the website.



This Week at the CDO (Week of October 31, 2011)

Monday, October 31st:

Fair Trial Initiative Resumes Due Today! – To apply, forward resumes via email. For more information about the fellowship please visit the FTI website.      

Tuesday, November 1st:

CDO 1L Orientation – Room E352, 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Tax LL.M. Luncheon: Out-of-Town Job Search - Room F109, 12:30 p.m.

Fried Frank Fellowship Program Applications Due – Applications, including a resume, two letters of recommendation, a writing sample, a 500 word essay and a law school transcript due. Open to graduating law students (3Ls) and recent law graduates.  For more information and an application please visit the website.     

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans Deadline for Applications – Deadline for  submission of completed applications.

Wednesday, November 2nd: 

CDO 1L Orientation – LawLearningCenter 170,  12:30 p.m. – 1:50pm

Thursday, November 3rd:

CDO 1L Orientation – Room E352, 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Friday, November 4th:

CDO 1L Orientation – Room E352, 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.



W. M. Tapp Studentships in Law: College Studentship

The Council of Gonville and Caius College invite applications for W. M. Tap Studentships in Law. These are open to candidates who are not already members of the College but who propose to register as graduate students in theUniversityofCambridgeand follow a course in the Law Faculty.

The value of the Studentship will be determined after considering successful candidates’ income from other sources. Approved University and College fees will be paid, together with a maintenance award (currently £9,280 for candidates pursuing the LL.M. and £13,290 for candidates pursuing the Ph.D. respectively) which more than satisfies the Board of Graduate Studies’ conditions for entry as a graduate student. An additional College Studentship of £500 a year is paid. A contribution may also be made towards expenses of travelling to this country if the student’s home is abroad. An allowance may be paid for dependents, and grants are available for research expenses.

Students will be expected to apply for State Studentships or other research awards for which they may be eligible, for example, Gates Awards or Cambridge Trusts Awards. All successful candidates will have the right, if unmarried, to live in College accommodation during their first year of residence inCambridge. Married students can usually be accommodated in a College flat.

Tenure of a Studentship is conditional upon the elected student being accepted by the Board of Graduate Studies (BGS). (Application forms may be obtained from the Secretary, Board of Graduate Studies,4 Mill Lane,Cambridge,CB2 1RZor http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/gradstud/). Candidates must be graduates of any university in theUnited Kingdomor elsewhere, or be about to graduate not later than August. They will be expected to be of outstanding academic ability.

Application forms for Studentships are available from the Admissions Office, Gonville andCaiusCollege,Cambridge,CB2 1TA. (tel. 01223 332440, fax 01223 332456, email admissions@cai.cam.ac.uk) The completed form should reach the Admissions Office by 31 December, for entry in October. In awarding the Studentship, first consideration will be given to candidates who nominate Gonville andCaiusCollegeas their College of first preference in their application to the Board of Graduate Studies.

The award of a Studentship may be conditional upon the candidate’s obtaining satisfactory results in his or her final degree examinations. Successful candidates will become members of the College, and will be expected to come into residence in October. The Studentships for the Ph.D. are renewable annually up to a maximum of three years, subject to conditions of diligence and progress.

Duration: 1 year

Value: Up to £19000

Application deadline: 31st December


Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University Offers Internships in Policy and Journalism and Fellowships

The Institute of Humane Studies (“IHS”) is offering two internships on policy and journalism which are open to all majors. The two internship programs are:

Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program: Paid public policy internships at over 50 think tanks and policy organizations across the United States. A ten-week summer program.

Journalism Internship Program: Paid placements at newspapers, major media networks, online news sites, and investigative, nonprofit newsrooms. Spring, summer, fall.  

Humane Studies Fellowship: Helps aspiring academics fund their studies. Awards are given to graduate students and outstanding undergraduates conducting research that advances a free society through their acedmic work.

Additional information is available on the IHS website.

ABA John J. Curtin, Jr. Justice Fund Summer Legal Internship Program

The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is seeking motivated law student interns to apply for stipends available for the Summer Program. These students should have a position offered, contingent on funding, from a qualified organization.


The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is managed jointly by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. The Program will pay a $2,500 stipend to three law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The Legal Internship Program will provide much needed legal assistance to organizations serving the under-represented and give students direct experience in a public interest forum. Through this, it aims both to help homeless clients and to encourage careers in the law that further the goals of social justice.

Intern Requirements:

The ideal intern will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with poor people or on issues affecting them. All law students are eligible, and first-year law students are encouraged to apply. The intern must commit no less than eight continuous weeks between May 1 and October 1 to the program of his or her choice. Applicants must submit the application to the Curtin Internship Program, American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty,740 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005.

All applications must be received by Monday, March 26, 2012. Early submissions are welcome.

Program Requirements:

Qualified organizations include bar association programs, legal services programs and nonprofit organizations which have programs dedicated to meeting the legal needs and concerns of homeless and indigent people and their advocates. To be considered, programs must have been operational for at least one year and must have an attorney on staff or easily available to supervise the intern.

A lawyer in the program (either a volunteer or paid attorney) must supervise the intern, and the program must assure theABAthat it will give the intern substantive law experiences with clients and with preparing legal documents and so forth.

Application Process:

Each applicant shall submit a cover letter, resume, application form and a prospective program’s supporting statement. Please be specific about the issues on which you plan to focus and what you hope to accomplish.

Evaluation Process:

Both the intern and the program will be expected to submit to the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants reports on the summer internship experience. These evaluations are due within four weeks of the conclusion of the internship or by September 30, 2012, at the latest. The intern should assess the quality of the supervision received, describe whether the written work assigned was challenging, discuss the opportunities to work with clients, and include a summary of what the student learned from the experience. The program supervisor should describe the student’s contributions to the program and provide feedback as to what skills and abilities the Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program should look for in future interns.

For More Information:

For additional information, please contact the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, or visit the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty’s website to obtain an application.

Alumni Presentation on Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Alumni of University of Miami School of Law are cordially invited to attend the following presentation:


with student loan expert


Wednesday, October 26, 2011
6 – 8 pm
Legal Corps Office

RSVP here.

Snacks and refreshments will be served.

Chesterfield Smith Center for Equal Justice, 3000 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 100, Miami, FL 33137


Speaker Information:

A former capital defense attorney with law school debt, Heather Jarvis now dedicates her expertise to helping student loan borrowers make better decisions so that higher education can be a reality for all – not just those who can afford it. Specializing in training for high-debt borrowers and the people who love them, Heather has provided guidance and information to thousands of students and recent graduates. She has contributed to student debt relief policy for the House Education Committee and others in Congress, and spent more than six years advocating for public service loan forgiveness, which allows more recent graduates to dedicate their careers to the greater good.



The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and ABA Annual Law Student Writing Competition 2011-2012

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law are pleased to announce their 2011-2012 writing competition. This competition is open to law school students at accredited law schools in the United States. Authors may not have graduated prior to December 2011. LL.M. candidates are not eligible to participate.

Entries may address any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Students are encouraged to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, a statute or the need for statutory moficiation, or a common law doctrine.

Entries will be evaluated on topic selection, analysis, quality of research, grammar, spelling, usage and syntax, clarity, structure and overall appearance.

Articles must be submitted by 6:00 p.m. E.D.S.T. on May 15, 2011 using the suject line “Writing Competition.” Submit the manuscript and a cover page as an email attachment. The author’s name shall appear only on a cover page also including the author’s law school, graduation date, e-mail and street address, and telephone number. The cover page will be removed prior to the evaluation process.

The attached manuscript and cover page may be either a Microsoft Word or PDF document using 12-point Times New Roman font. The text should be double-spaced and the footnotes single-spaced with double-spacing between footnotes on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper with one-inch margins on all sides. The manuscript, exclusive of the cover page, may not exceed twenty pages. Do not submit endnotes, a table of contents or table of cases.

All citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th Edition).

Manuscripts must be the original work of a single author, may not have been written for paid employment, and may not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.

No person may submit more than one entry.

The judges reserve the right not to award any prizes and to reject any or all submissions.

Publication and Prizes

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers will award the following prizes: First Place: $1500, Second Place: $1000, Third Place: $500.

The first-place winning article will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law.

The names of the authors of the second- and third-place winning articles will be mentioned in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law.

The author of the first-place winning article will be invited as a guest at the annual CLE program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers may, at its discretion, include a copy of any or all of the prize-winning manuscripts in an issue of its newsletter and/or on its web site.



The Spring 2012 Externship Program Has Been Launched!

The Spring 2012 Externship Program has been launched! The program provides students with an opportunity to earn academic credit by working for a qualified employer. For the spring 2012 semester, students are required to work at least 120 hours by April 14, 2012, for 3 credits and 240 hours by April 14, 2012, for 6 credits. The spring 2012 semester begins on January 17, 2012. There is an academic component attached to the Externship Program Course which will require students to attend seminars every other week throughout the course of the spring semester.

Throughout the fall, the Career Development Office (“CDO”) will conduct “bidding sessions” during which time students may apply to employers participating in the Spring 2012 Externship Program. Students may also submit their self-secured internships to the Externship Program Committee for approval, by following the instructions outlined on the CDO Fact Sheet emailed to you by the CDO.

The deadline to submit self-secured internships for the Externship Program Committee’s approval for the Spring 2012 Externship Program is Monday, November 21, 2011. The Externship Program Committee will make every effort to provide students with a formal response within two weeks of receiving an approval-request.

The Externship Program Course is a closed-registration course. For the CDO to ask the registrar’s office to register you for the Externship Program Course, a student must submit a complete Student-Agency Agreement, (sent to you via e-mail) to the CDO by Monday, November 28, 2011. If you would like more information about the University of Miami School of Law Externship Program, please visit the website, or contact Sajani Desai in the CDO.   


This Week at the CDO (Week of October 24, 2011)

Wednesday, October 26th:

HOPE Public Interest Resource Center, Center for Ethics and Public Service/CDO Panel Discussion – Room D201, at 12:30 p.m.  Learn about public interest law and the importance of pro bono work from distinguished panelists.  Lunch will be provided and space is limited.  Please RSVP ASAP.

Spring 2012 Externship Program, Session #1 Bidding Deadline - Bidding ends at 11 p.m. EST.