Legal Intern

HIAS, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and CampaignResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
6th November, 2020

Job Description

About Organisation

HIAS is a Jewish American nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian aid and assistance to refugees. It was originally established in 1881 to aid Jewish refugees. In 1975, the State Department asked HIAS to aid in resettling 3,600 Vietnam refugees.

Job Description

HIAS seeks an Immigration Legal intern to assist HIAS’ direct legal services programs which benefit asylum seekers. The intern will conduct research, writing and draft filings for the Immigration court and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Through this internship, interns will learn about United States immigration law, focusing on humanitarian relief, and the practice of law in a nonprofit setting. S/he will be supervised by the Staff Attorneys and Supervising Attorney. This position is unpaid but may be pursued for academic credit. A semester commitment is required.

Essential Functions:

  • Conducts thorough legal and factual research on topics assigned by Staff Attorneys.
  • Writes memorandums, briefs and other documents in support of HIAS’ immigration legal cases.
  • Develops client declarations and application forms through interviews.
  • Assists the legal team in preparation and presentation of asylum claims (affirmative and defensive); special immigrant juvenile cases; U-visa and T-Visa cases.
  • Maintains records and contributes to program reports in compliance with any applicable grants or other agreements.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Current law student or recent graduate.
  • Strong interest in refugee law and/or processing, human rights and international law.
  • Fluency in a second language required; French, Spanish, or Russian preferred
  • Must be resourceful, thorough and analytical in order to develop information and obtain materials relevant to the research requested.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills required.


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