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Thank you for your interest in joining Immigrant Justice Corps’ 2019 Justice Fellow Class.

Immigrant Justice Corps (“IJC”), is the nation’s first and only immigration legal fellowship program. IJC seeks to expand access to counsel by increasing the quantity of immigration lawyers and the quality of the immigration bar. Each year IJC recruits talented young lawyers (“Justice Fellows”) and college graduates (“Community Fellows”) many of whom are first-generation immigrants and bi-lingual graduates from the country’s top universities, for a two-year fellowship.  IJC trains Fellows to be experts in immigration law and pairs them with leading non-profit legal services providers and community--based organizations in New York City, Long Island, the Lower Hudson Valley, Upstate New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Texas, Maryland, Virginia and Florida to provide legal services to low income immigrants. IJC is exploring expansion to California, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania as well.  

The Fellows provide a broad range of immigration services including deportation defense, applications for asylum, naturalization, green cards and other forms of relief available to juveniles and victims of crime, domestic violence or human trafficking.  Quality legal assistance allows immigrants to avoid deportation and separation of families.  Immigrants who can improve their legal status are better able to gain lawful employment, receive financial aid to college, access health care and live stable, productive lives in the United States.

IJC is infusing the legal profession with a new generation of lawyers and advocates committed to providing high quality representation and innovative thinking about the delivery of legal services to a vulnerable population, including the use of new technologies.

For Frequently Asked Questions about the Fellowship and the host organizations, please read our FAQs.

Justice Fellow Eligibility Requirements:
  • Applicants may be 3Ls, graduating law school by the Spring of 2019
  • Applicants may be 2018 law school graduates
  • Applicants may be 2017 law school graduates, if they will be completing another fellowship or clerkship by August of 2019.
Justice Fellow 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:
    • Tell us about your background and why you are interested in this work?  
    • What motivates you to pursue justice for immigrants? 
    • Assuming that you had a chance to work at a host organization (or similar immigration services organization) in the future, why specifically is an IJC Fellowship the best vehicle to advance your career?
  • 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 what mechanisms would you recommend for appointing counsel?

To submit your application for consideration, you will need to set up an account through our application system where you will be prompted to answer the above questions.  When setting up your account you will be asked to enter a name for your submission – PLEASE USE YOUR FULL NAME AS THE SUBMISSION NAME.  Additionally, you will be asked to submit a photo with your application.  Please choose a headshot that will allow us to clearly identify you.  When we begin the selection process these photos will help us to identify you.  

Submitting Letters of Recommendation:
  • Within the application portal, you will need to enter email addresses for two references who will each submit a letter on your behalf.
  • At least one of your references must be from a work or internship supervisor – a clinical reference from a professor is fine for this category.
  • Once you enter your recommender’s email address into the system, they will be sent an email with a link to submit their letter of reference on your behalf. We strongly recommend that you immediately follow up with your recommender to make sure they received the email.  Frequently, recommender notifications are routed to spam, please be sure to notify your recommenders to check both their inbox and spam folders.
  • If your recommender does not receive the email link, please reach out to
  • You will not be able to submit your application without both letters of reference completed in the system.  We will not grant application deadline extensions for letters of recommendation.
The application deadline is November 7, 2018.  Every component of your application must be submitted by November 7, 2018 at 11:59 p.m., EST, including your reference letters, so please reach out early to your references and let them know to expect an email requesting a reference on your behalf.  Applications are not considered on a rolling basis – we will consider all submitted applications once the application period closes. We will conduct interviews in December and hope to make offers by late December or early January.  Please note, this year we will be matching Justice Fellows with host organizations before making a Fellowship offer.
The Selection Process:
  1. All Justice Fellow applications and supporting documents are due on November 7th;
  2. Application review round one: a selection committee gathers to review all Justice Fellow applications and makes recommendations to IJC staff in mid-November;
  3. Application review round two: IJC staff review applications recommended by the selection committee, and schedules interviews with prospective Justice Fellows in late November through early December;
  4. IJC staff will seek input from finalist Justice Fellow applicants and finalist host organization applicants about matching;
  5. In late December-early January, offer letters, which include the proposed host organization placement, are sent to 25 Justice Fellows; 10 applicants will be placed on our waitlist.
For technical concerns please contact the FluidReview Helpdesk at 6AM EST – 10PM EST, Weekends: 9AM EST – 8PM EST.  

For application questions, you may contact us at  To learn more about Immigrant Justice Corps visit our