IJC’s Justice Fellowship identifies promising lawyers who are passionate about immigrants’ rights, places them with organizations where they can make the greatest difference and supports them with training and expert insights as they directly assist immigrants in need.
Two-year Justice Fellowships are awarded to recent law graduates from around the country – individuals with tremendous talent, promise, and a demonstrated commitment to providing immigration legal services.
IJC matches Fellow candidates with our partnering host organizations based on the applicant’s experience and preference, gaps in services within the community, and particularized host organization needs.
Because our Fellows are placed at many different partnering host organizations, their experiences are almost entirely unique. Our host organizations’ practices span the gamut of immigration law specialties, serving an array of communities, working in a range of geographies, and focusing on niche areas of the law. Throughout the fellowship, Justice Fellows provide a broad range of aid to their clients – from removal defense, to affirmative asylum applications to securing special relief for 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.
- Applicants may currently be enrolled in a JD or LLM program, so long as they will be graduating law school by the Spring of the Fellowship start year. For example, if you graduated in Spring 2022 you will be eligible to apply to the Class of 2022.
- Applicants may have graduated from a JD or LLM program up to two years prior to the start of the Fellowship.
- Applicants may have graduated from a JD or LLM program before the year prior to the start of the Fellowship, so long as they have been enrolled in a clerkship or fellowship since graduation.
- Almost all IJC Fellows speak a second language (in addition to English).
- Unaccompanied Children Program applicants may have graduated from a JD or LLM program up to two years prior to the start of the Fellowship.
- Unaccompanied Children Program applicants must speak Spanish.