U.S. Department of Justice, Cleveland Immigration Court

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U.S. Department of Justice,

Cleveland Immigration Court


Location: United States Courthouse, 801 West Superior Avenue, Suite 13-100, Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Credits: 4 or 6 Credit Hours for Fall or Spring Term; 3 or 5 Credit Hours for Summer Term

Prerequisites: RCC; minimum GPA 2.50; completion of at least 29 credit hours; preference will be given to students who have some course work or practical experience with immigration; and approval of site supervisor.

The United States Department of Justice has openings for one to two students to work as externs with the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s Cleveland Immigration Court.

The projects assigned may vary depending upon the court’s needs. Past students with the Executive Office for Immigration Review have worked on the following projects:

• Pre-hearing preparation involving work on motions and preparation of bench memoranda

• In-depth research and analysis of novel legal issues

• Drafting decisions on applications for relief from removal

The program provides students with an excellent opportunity to develop their research, writing, and analytical skills, and increase their knowledge of immigration law. During the course of the term, externs will be able to observe removal hearings and work on cases involving several forms of relief from removal, including asylum, adjustment of status, and cancellation of removal. The extern will work directly under the supervision of a Judicial Law Clerk and will also work with the court’s judges.

Students may register for 4 credits (16 hours per week) or 6 credits (24 hours per week) in the fall or spring terms; in the summer term, students may register for 3 credits (24 hours per week) or 5 credits (40 hours per week). Students in this externship also participate in an Externship Seminar conducted at the law school by the externship faculty supervisor. Graded Pass/Fail.

Interested students must contact Office of Career Planning, LB 137 in the Student Services Center, 216-687-6871, career@law.csuohio.edu.  A student must be a U.S. citizen for this externship. A background check and clearance are required to work at the court; completion of the background check may take eight weeks.

An Externship application, signed by Career Planning and student, a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample must be submitted for consideration through Symplicity. The Immigration Court Attorney Advisor will make the final selection of externs.