Each year IJC awards Justice Fellowships to approximately 25 recent law graduates from around the country – individuals with tremendous talent, promise, and a demonstrated commitment to providing legal services for low income people and immigrants.
IJC trains Justice Fellows to become experts in immigration law and pairs them with leading non-profit legal services providers and community based organizations. IJC matches selected Fellows with our partnering host organizations based on the applicant’s experience and interest, gaps in services within the community, location interests, and partnering host organizations’ needs.
Justice Fellows represent immigrants in an array of immigration matters including:
Affirmative asylum applications
Relief available to juveniles and victims of crime, domestic violence, or human trafficking.
IJC Fellows serve for two years and are provided with a full salary and benefits.
Justice Fellow Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants may be 3Ls, graduating law school by the Spring of 2022
Applicants may be 2020 or 2021 law school graduates
Applicants may have graduated prior to 2020, if they have been continuously enrolled in another fellowship or clerkship since graduation from law school.
Justice Fellow Application Components:
NOTE: Every component of your application must be submitted by the deadline of October 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
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, versus a staff attorney role?
What skills and experiences have prepared you for work with immigrant communities?
Essay Question (500 words or less): IJC envisions a world where barriers to immigrant justice are removed. This means that our work focuses on achieving two related goals: (1) to ensure that every immigrant has access to high quality legal representation and (2) to advocate for a judiciary and administrative system that results in humane jurisprudence and equitable determinations. Describe how your lived experience and career aspirations integrate these pathways to justice. How would you apply a racial justice lens to your work and advocate for equitable outcomes? We want to understand your philosophical beliefs and how those beliefs inform your everyday practice.
When setting up your account you will be asked to enter a name for your submission – PLEASE USE YOUR FULL NAME (LAST, FIRST) AS THE SUBMISSION TITLE.
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.
Once you enter your recommender’s email address into the system, they will be sent an email with a link to create an account and submit their letter of reference on your behalf. We strongly recommend that you immediately follow up with your recommender to make sure they receive the email. Frequently, recommender notifications are routed to spam, therefore please be sure to notify your recommenders to check both their inbox and spam folders. The system will automatically remind recommenders to submit their letters several days before the application deadline, however, we also encourage you to send them a note to remind them of the upcoming deadline.
If your recommender does not receive the email link, please use the Apply support feature (embedded in the "i" button in the upper right hand corner of the navigation bar). As a last resort, you may also contact IJC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will be able to submit your application before both letters of reference have been uploaded to the system, however, out of fairness to all applicants, we will not review your application until it has been completed. We will not grant application deadline extensions for letters of recommendation.
Again, every component of your application must be submitted by the deadline of October 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m., EST, including your reference letters, so please reach out to your references early and often and let them know to expect an email requesting a reference on your behalf.
The Selection Process:
All Justice Fellow applications and supporting documents are due on October 31st.
Application review round one: a selection committee gathers to review all Justice Fellow applications and makes recommendations to IJC staff in early November.
Application review round two: IJC staff reviews applications recommended by the selection committee and schedules interviews with prospective Justice Fellows in early to mid-November.
Interviews: Brief, 30 to 40-minute interviews are held in mid-November via remote videocalls and in-person.
Matching: IJC staff select finalists from the interview pool and places approximately 20 applicants on a waitlist. We then solicit input from finalist and waitlist Justice Fellow applicants and finalist host organizations regarding their preferred matches. That information is used to appropriately match host organizations and applicants via tentative offers made in late November.
Offers: In early-December, offer letters are sent to approximately 25 Justice Fellows.
For technical concerns please use the Apply support feature (embedded in the "i" button in the upper right hand corner of the navigation bar). For application questions, you may contact us at email@example.com.
To learn more about Immigrant Justice Corps visit our website: www.justicecorps.org.