Albert M. Sacks Fellowship

The Harvard Law School Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program invites applications for the position of Albert M. Sacks Fellowship. The fellowship will provide an opportunity for an attorney to work at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program on direct representation, appellate and advocacy work, starting in the summer of 2011. The Fellow will work closely with experienced attorneys, clinicians, and academics at Harvard Law School and Greater Boston Legal Services. The position will also offer opportunities for professional development and scholarship in the areas of immigration and refugee law.
About the Program:

The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program supervises law students in the direct representation of noncitizens applying for U.S. asylum and related protections. The Program also provides representation in cases involving family reunification, protection of domestic violence and crime survivors, and avoidance of forced removal in immigration proceedings. In addition, the Program is active in appellate and policy advocacy on local, national and international levels.
About the Position:

The Fellow’s responsibilities will include close supervision of student casework and development of teaching and training materials alongside clinical faculty.  They will supervise and mentor students, meeting often to discuss developments in their cases, and providing regular, detailed feedback.  The Fellow will appear in immigration court and in front of administrative bodies with students.  Additionally, the Fellow will work on a range of research projects, appellate briefs and advocacy issues.  The position provides opportunities to research and write articles for scholarly and clinical journals and/or immigration-related publications. The Fellow will be based at Harvard Law School and may collaborate with other programs in Harvard’s vibrant clinical community.

The position is a one year placement with possibility of renewal up to additional two years.

Additional Qualifications:

JD required.  Candidates with 3 years of practice experience in immigration removal and asylum practice strongly preferred.  Excellent academic credentials, superior research and writing skills, and a strong commitment to public interest lawyering. Outstanding interpersonal skills, along with flexibility and a passion for direct service work, and, in particular, immigration work required.  Candidates should also have an interest in and aptitude for supervising and advising students, as well as a proven capacity to work as a team member.  Ability to work sensitively with a diverse population of clients, students, and staff is essential. Second language capability in Spanish or French preferred.  The position will include a salary commensurate with other clinical programs, with details of benefits at time of hire.

How to Apply:

Applications for the 2011 Fellowship will be reviewed on a rolling basis through February 1, 2011. To apply, please email the following:

-A statement of interest (approx. 750 words) that addresses your potential for clinical teaching and advocacy, your relevant prior experience, and any other information you believe will help the hiring committee evaluate your candidacy.
-A writing sample (approx. 10 pages, preferably in a subject area relevant to the position)
-A least three references (please include email and phone contact information)
-Law school transcript (an informal copy or list of all grades and coursework is acceptable; applicants accepted for final round interviews will be asked to have a sealed transcript sent from their registrar’s office)