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The National Immigration Project is a national membership organization of lawyers, law students, legal workers, advocates, and jailhouse lawyers working to defend and extend the rights of all noncitizens in the United States, regardless of immigration status. We pursue all forms of legal advocacy on behalf of immigrants and provide technical assistance and support to legal practitioners, community-based immigrant organizations, and advocates seeking and working to advance the rights of noncitizens.

 

Open Positions:

Special Projects Attorney

On December 11, 2023, the U.S. government settled the Ms. L. class action lawsuit more than five years after thousands of families were separated under the Zero Tolerance Policy. As part of the settlement, the U.S. government created a new, special pathway for separated parents and children to temporarily access asylum in the United States. Separated families have less than two years to navigate the complex legal process of applying affirmatively for asylum. If they don’t make this deadline, they will lose the opportunity to do so. The Special Projects Attorney is a full-time, one-year position that will work to implement these key provisions of the Ms. L. settlement agreement by providing training, technical assistance, mentorship, and legal resources to the attorneys and accredited representatives for the Ms. L. class members. This position is remote, but may involve some travel for in-person meetings or presentations. This position currently has a duration of one year; however, there is a possibility of extension.

Fellowships

Legal Fellow

NIPNLG periodically invites second- or third-year law students and recent law graduates to apply for a sponsorship opportunity for Skadden, EJW, OSJI, and other national or law school fellowships. We are especially interested in projects that address border enforcement and that challenge illegal entry and reentry prosecutions for asylum seekers, as well as projects that involve community-led and community-focused immigrant rights initiatives.

All legal fellow positions are currently filled. Please check back in the future for any fellowship opportunities we may have.

The Michael Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Summer Fellowship

The Michael Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Summer Fellowship was established jointly in 2009 by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL), and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG), to commemorate the life and legal contributions of Michael Maggio.

The deadline has passed for this year, but please check the website at http://maggiofellowship.org/ for future fellowships.

Internships

The National Immigration Project is seeking applicants for legal internships. For over 50 years, the National Immigration Project has persistently promoted justice and equality of treatment in all areas of immigration law, the criminal justice system, and policies related to immigration. We have focused our work on issues that impact the most targeted communities, from bringing watershed litigation about discrimination against Central Americans in the 1990s, to defending the rights of Arab and Muslim immigrants targeted in the early 2000s, to centering issues that impact Black and brown immigrants for the past two decades, including increased criminalization and its impact on immigration legal status. We center the voices of impacted communities in our work and our approach to lawyering is movement-centered, advancing racial equity and justice in the immigration field and beyond.

By joining us as a legal intern, you have the  opportunity to contribute meaningfully to a number of exciting projects; at the same time, we hope this  dynamic working environment will also provide you with opportunities to grow as a student and  prepare for your professional career.