Closing Date: 16th June, 2023


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.

Job Description:
The United States Immigration Court in Hyattsville, Maryland is hiring two volunteer legal interns for Fall 2023. The legal intern will gain an understanding of immigration law and procedure as it relates to removal and deportation issues. The intern will become familiar with the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Code of Federal Regulations, and immigration case law set forth by the Board of Immigration Appeals and the federal courts. Prior knowledge of immigration law is preferred, though not required.

This posting is in-person and is located in Hyattsville, Maryland. Although the internship is unpaid, interns may obtain academic credit with the permission of their law schools.

Intern Responsibilities
The legal interns will work part-time during the semester, and the Court is flexible regarding different work schedules. Interns must commit to working at least ten hours per week. Start and end dates are flexible.

The legal interns will have the opportunity to work directly with Immigration Judges and to observe Immigration Court proceedings. Typical assignments include legal research, drafting Immigration Court decisions, and writing bench memoranda on specific legal issues. Every assignment will require the legal intern to research and apply the applicable statutes, regulations, and case law to the facts of an ongoing case. The legal intern works under the supervision of Department of Justice attorneys to support the Immigration Judges at the Court.

Current law students are eligible to apply.

  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with limited supervision in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Ability to communicate with collegaues and supervisors in an efficient and professional manner.
  • All applicants must pass an FBI background check.
  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens.

  • Prior experience with immigration law.
  • Prior legal experience (not necessarily in immigration law).

How to Apply:

Application Process:
Applications should include a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, writing sample, and contact information for two (2) professional references. The writing sample should be between five (5) and ten (10) pages in length and should reflect the applicant's own unedited or student-edited work. Excerpted writing samples should include an analysis section. Incomplete application packages will not be considered.

Please email application materials in .pdf format directly to Erika Arce-Romero (, Lisa Keshavarz (, and Darcy Wood (