IMMIGRANT JUSTICE CORPS – JUSTICE FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION PORTAL
Thank you for your interest in joining Immigrant Justice Corps’ 2020 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, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, California, Nevada and Texas to provide legal services to low income immigrants.
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 to 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.
- Applicants may be 3Ls, graduating law school by the Spring of 2020
- Applicants may be 2019 law school graduates
- Applicants may be 2018 law school graduates, if they will be completing another fellowship or clerkship by August of 2020.
- 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:
- Why are you interested in immigration law?
- How might an IJC Fellowship prepare you for the career you want to have in the future?
- Why, specifically, are you interested in participating in a fellowship program?
- What skills and experiences have prepared you for work with immigrant communities?
- Essay Question (500 words or less): At the core of IJC’s mission is the goal of increasing access to counsel. In what aspects of immigration law do you see the most need for increased representation and why?
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 https://ijc.fluidreview.com/helpdesk/contact/
- 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 Selection Process:
- All Justice Fellow applications and supporting documents are due on October 11th
- Application review round one: a selection committee gathers to review all Justice Fellow applications and makes recommendations to IJC staff in late October.
- Application review round two: IJC staff reviews applications, recommended by the selection committee, and schedules interviews with prospective Justice Fellows in early November.
- Matching: IJC staff select finalists from the interview pool and place 10-20 applicants on a waitlist. We then solicit input from finalist and waitlist Justice Fellow applicants and finalist host organization applicants regarding their preferences. That information is used to appropriately match host organizations and applicants via tentative offers made in middle to late November.
- Offers: In late-November, early-December, offer letters are sent to approximately 25 Justice Fellows.
For technical concerns please contact the FluidReview Helpdesk at https://ijc.fluidreview.com/helpdesk/contact/ Monday-Friday 6AM EST – 10PM EST, Weekends: 9AM EST – 8PM EST. For application questions, you may contact us at email@example.com.
To learn more about Immigrant Justice Corps visit our website: www.justicecorps.org.