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What You Need to Know: Applying to the Immigration Summer Legal Corps

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By Brooke Meckler, program manager at Equal Justice Works

The Immigration Summer Legal Corps (ISLC) will support 20 dedicated law students in serving immigrant communities this summer. Participants, called Student Fellows, have a unique opportunity to explore their passion for equal justice while gaining hands-on experience—all while receiving a $5,000 stipend.

Are you interested in joining this enthusiastic group of Student Fellows? Here’s what you need to know about applying to the program.

Who is eligible?

ISLC is open to current law students who have completed their first year of law school by the start of the program (summer 2020). For many placements, applicants must speak Spanish or a language other than English.

How do I submit a strong ISLC application?

A standout application will highlight the law student’s passion for helping immigrant communities, and the student’s eagerness to develop skills in the area of immigration law upon which the chosen projects focus. Applicants who have a personal connection to any aspect of a project or issue area should showcase that connection in their applications as well.

What types of projects can I work on this summer?

Host organizations have designed meaningful projects for Student Fellows to participate in during their summers. Since immigration is a multi-disciplinary area of law, the projects will vary. Some of these projects will include a focus on family defense, assisting clients facing removal proceedings, helping asylum-seekers with their cases, representing agricultural workers, and working with victims of crimes. You can find a full list of host organizations and their position descriptions here.

What type of work can I expect to complete during my Student Fellowship?

Student Fellows will take on a wide range of responsibilities regardless of the specific project focus area. These assignments might include direct client services, client intake consultations/interviewing with supervising attorneys, legal writing opportunities, and court appearances. Projects can also include non-legal assignments such as community outreach, education, pro bono coordination, and addressing systemic issues.

Are you ready to apply?

Applicants will be asked to provide a résumé, a summary of professional qualifications and interest in the program, and their top three host organization choices. For more information about program eligibility and requirements, click here or email us at [email protected]

Be sure to submit your application before the deadline on February 18, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EST!

Learn more about becoming an Equal Justice Works Fellow