Immigration Court Program

Credit: 6 credits
Number of Positions: 1 (Available summer and spring semesters)

Students serve as extern law clerk for the United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Immigration Court. Students work in a clerkship capacity with an executive branch judge who presides in formal, quasi-judicial hearings in deportation, exclusion, removal, rescission and bond cases. Typical assignments include drafting decisions on applications for asylum, researching and writing memos on whether a particular criminal offense renders a person subject to removal, and drafting decisions on motions to reopen cases in which a final order has been issued. Students will develop research and writing skills and gain increased understanding of immigration law and procedure.

Prerequisites: Immigration Law. Students are not certified under the Student Practice Rule. Students must be U.S. citizens and must pass an FBI background check.

Recommended Courses: Evidence, Immigration Law Seminar, Refugee and Asylum Law, Immigration Law Seminar, Administrative Law

Selection Process: To enroll in the Florida State Law “externship,” students must apply and be accepted in the Immigration Court’s “internship” program. Applications for the internship program are available from the court’s judicial clerk. The court prefers students with strong research and writing skills who have a sincere desire to learn about immigration law and procedure. For the summer semester, applications are due to the court by approximately February 7. For the spring semester, applications are due to the court by approximately October 1. (The court’s internship application will have the exact date.) In addition to applying directly to the judge, students must separately apply to the Florida State Law externship program by the announced deadline (even though the student may not yet have been accepted by the Immigration Court). Past students have worked with judges in Orlando and New Orleans.

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