Job Short Description:
IRAP’s litigation department seeks to sponsor law students and lawyers who have external fellowship funding (from a school, law firm, or otherwise) to work at IRAP for a minimum of three months (but above six months preferred) in our New York City office. **This posting is NOT for those seeking sponsors for Skadden or Equal Justice Works fellowships — please wait for a separate posting for those opportunities which will be posted in early summer.**
Fellows will be supervised by attorneys in the litigation department, but may have opportunities to collaborate with other departments including Legal, Policy, and Communications. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a growing organization that makes an important impact on the lives of refugees.
Job Summary & Qualifications:
J.D. at the time of starting the fellowship; Interest in complex federal litigation, immigration law, and refugee processing; Strong research, writing, and analytical skills; Strong interpersonal and communication skills; Comfortable working with diverse and at-risk populations; Must be highly organized and motivated, able to multi-task, and have excellent time management skills; Fluency in oral and written English; ability to speak other languages is a plus; Competency with Microsoft Suite required.
*IRAP may be willing to discuss adapting responsibilities to fit the requirements of specific fellowship programs.
Conducting legal research in support of ongoing or planned litigation; Conducting outreach to affected communities, leading plaintiff intake interviews, and drafting affidavits; Participating in and leading litigation efforts as appropriate, depending on level of experience; Preparing know-your-rights materials and participating in public education efforts; Other duties as assigned.
IRAP is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates. IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including health and retirement plans, a flexible work schedule, and vacation/sick leave.
How to Apply:
Please submit a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (~10 pages), and a list of three references using the application form available here: https://podio.com/webforms/13697370/924405?fields[related-job-opening]=844148052. We will review applications on a rolling basis.
Please confirm in your cover letter that you are applying for the externally-funded fellowship position and identify the fellowship that you are applying for or have received. We are unable to respond to any applications submitted that does not contain this information.
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world's most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.
The Urban Justice Center serves New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. Our 12 Projects assist clients on numerous levels, from one-on-one legal advice in soup kitchens, to filing class action lawsuits to bring about systemic change, to pushing social justice legislation forward.