About the Office
The primary mission of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is to adjudicate immigration cases by fairly, expeditiously, and uniformly interpreting and administering the Nation’s immigration laws. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR conducts immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
The jurisdiction of the Immigration Court includes all matters brought before the Court by the Department of Homeland Security. For further information about the Boston Immigration Court, please visit http://www.justice.gov/eoir/boston-immigration-court. For additional information about EOIR, please visit https://www.justice.gov/eoir/page/file/eoir_an_agency_guide/download.
The U.S. Department of Justice has two or more openings for its eight-week spring legal internship program with the Boston Immigration Court. Second-year and third-year law students are eligible to apply. Prior knowledge of immigration law is preferred but not necessary. Strong research and writing skills are required.
Issues commonly before the Court include eligibility for asylum and cancellation of removal, and motions to reopen, terminate, and reconsider. The types of projects assigned to legal interns vary depending on the Court’s docket and will entail:
- Research and preparation of memoranda on complex legal issues
- Drafting decisions on motions pending before the Court
- Drafting decisions on applications for relief from removal
This internship offers an excellent opportunity to develop research, writing, and analytical skills. Legal interns will work under the supervision of the Court’s Attorney Advisors but will also interact with Immigration Judges.
This internship is an unpaid, volunteer position. However, students may be eligible for academic credit or work-study funding. Students interested in receiving credit or work-study should contact the appropriate person at their law school to determine their eligibility. The internship is part-time and will begin in late January. Interns are expected to be available in-person for the duration of the semester.
All applicants must be United States citizens. Applicants will be required to meet a residency requirement and must pass a background and security clearance check. For more details, visit: https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/conditions-employment.
Candidates should have strong legal research and writing skills. Prior immigration law experience and/or substantive coursework is preferred but not required.
Application Process & Deadline
Interested law students must submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial school transcript, the names and contact information for three references, and a writing sample of no more than ten pages.
Please compile all components of the application packet into one PDF file, and email the application packet to:
Employer: U.S. DOJ – Executive Office for Immigration Review (Boston, MA)
Name: Alexandra Wolff
Title: Attorney Advisor
Attn. Attorney Advisors
U.S. Immigration Court-Boston
JFK Federal Building
15 New Sudbury Street, Room 320
Boston, Massachusetts 02203
Electronic submissions via email only.
Hard copies of applications will not be considered.
Applications will be accepted until Friday, September 15, 2023.
2+ Intern Positions Available