The Office of the Chief Immigration Judge (OCIJ) is led by the chief immigration judge, who establishes operating policies and oversees policy implementation for the immigration courts. OCIJ provides overall program direction and establishes priorities for approximately 250 immigration judges located in 58 immigration courts through out the nation. The Pearsall Immigration Court reviews immigration cases for detainees at the South Texas Detention Center. This detained docket is fast-paced, and involves a variety of immigration cases, including asylum/withholding of removal, bond, and cases involving the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.
The main duties for interns at the Pearsall Immigration Court are to listen to digital auto-recorded testimonies, research legal issues, write bench memos, and draft written decisions. Interns are also encouraged to, as often as their schedule permits, sit in on the judges' hearings. Interns need to produce decisions that are (1) well-written, (2) well-researched, and (3) meet the judges' deadlines.
Any law student enrolled at least half-time, and who has completed at least one semester of law school is eligible to apply for volunteer internship positions at any time. First-year law students who have not completed their first semester may apply for volunteer internships after December 1. Part-time law students and joint-degree candidates may also apply for volunteer internship positions. Law school graduation terminates eligibility for volunteer positions except for graduate law students who are enrolled at least half time and not practicing law.
Interested applicants should submit (by e-mail ONLY) a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample no longer than ten (10) pages to:
Beatriz Atenas Madico
Judicial Law Clerk
Please apply by e-mail only. If you have any questions regarding the Executive Office for Immigration Review Legal Intern position please contact Ms. Madico via email or phone.