Cleveland Immigration Court
Summer Internship in Immigration Law
The United States Department of Justice has an opening for at least one legal intern with the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s Cleveland Immigration Court for Summer 2013 (mid-May through mid-August). The Court is located at the Carl B. Stokes United States Courthouse in downtown Cleveland. Current first- and second-year law students are eligible to apply. Applicants must be United States citizens. Prior knowledge of immigration law is helpful but not necessary. Strong research and writing skills are required. Interns must work a minimum of 20 hours per week.
The projects assigned will vary depending upon the court’s needs. Past interns have:
Performed in-depth research and analysis of novel legal issues
- Prepared bench memoranda
- Drafted judicial decisions and orders
The internship provides students with an excellent opportunity to develop their research, writing, and analytical skills, and increase their knowledge of immigration law. The interns will be able to observe removal hearings and work on cases involving several forms of relief including asylum, adjustment of status, and cancellation of removal. The interns will work directly under the supervision of the attorney advisor and will also work with the court’s immigration judges.
The internship is unpaid. Students who are interested must submit an application packet as described below. Applications must be received no later than Wednesday, February 28, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. A background check and clearance are required to work at the court; completion of the background check may take eight weeks. Students who are interested and eligible to receive academic credit may arrange to receive credit with their respective law schools. Applications may be sent through postal mail or e-mail. Please ensure to enclose the following: cover letter, résumé, current law school transcript, and a maximum ten-page writing sample not substantially edited by others. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please submit the package to:
United States Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Attn: Jason Claude, Attorney Advisor
801 W Superior Ave, Ste 13-100
Cleveland, OH 44113