Volunteer Judicial Internship in Orlando, FL


The United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, is seeking two law student interns to participate in an excellent internship opportunity during the summer of 2009. Positions are available at the Orlando Immigration Court in downtown Orlando, Florida. The jurisdiction of the United States Immigration Courts includes all matters brought before the Court by the Department of Homeland Security. The immigration judges at the Orlando Immigration Court preside over formal immigration hearings to determine whether aliens are deportable, excludable, inadmissible or removable from the United States. In addition, the judges have jurisdiction to consider applications for various forms of discretionary and mandatory relief, including various waivers, adjustment of status, cancellation of removal, asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the U.N. Convention Against Torture.

The internship will require a commitment of at least twenty hours per week for at least eight-ten weeks. The position will entail in-depth research and analysis of legal issues, as well as preparation of legal memoranda for the immigration judges. Interns will have opportunities to draft decisions that will be taken under advisement by an immigration judge and that may later be used as writing samples. Interns can expect to develop research and writing skills as well as an understanding of immigration law and procedure as it relates to removal and deportation issues. In addition, they will be able to observe a variety of matters brought before the Court. Interns will work under the supervision of the Court’s Judicial Law Clerk, but will have substantial interaction with individual immigration judges. Although the internship is unpaid, academic credit may be obtained with the permission of the intern’s law school. Required hours and weeks may vary depending on requirements for school credit. For paid internships and post law school employment jobs, please visit the Department of Justice website.

The position requires that applicants be United States citizens. Selected candidates must pass a background security check conducted by the Department of Justice. Since the background check will take six to eight weeks to complete, APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY February 25, 2009. However, we reserve the right to fill the positions before this date.

Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample (unedited if possible) to:

Adam Cohen
Judicial Law Clerk
Orlando Immigration Court
80 N. Hughey Ave., Suite 203
Orlando, Florida 32801
407-648-6565 ext. 216

The Executive Office for Immigration Review is an Equal Opportunity Employer.