Two Immigration Law Externships Available for Winter/Spring Quarters

The Center for Professional and Leadership Development at UW Law would like to share two externship opportunities in immigration law for Winter 2012 or Spring 2013. Applications for both externships are due on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.

1) U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Office of Immigration Litigation, Appellate Section, located in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Office of Immigration Litigation, Appellate Section, located in Washington, D.C., has two openings for UW Law students during Winter Quarter 2012 or Spring Quarter 2013. Interns are assigned to one of the Appellate Section’s litigation teams and work under the supervision of the team’s Assistant Director and Senior Litigation Counsel. Interns may be assigned to draft motions for appellate cases, perform administrative records review, conduct various research projects, and draft appellate briefs.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial law school transcript, and a 5–10 page writing sample to or to Esther Park’s mailbox on the 3rd floor by October 10, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.  Interviews will be conducted on Friday, October 12.

The letter should be addressed to:

Ms. Terri León-Benner
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division
Office of Immigration Litigation
P.O. Box 878
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, D.C. 20044

b) Seattle Immigration Court 

The Seattle Immigration Court has an opening for a Winter 2012/Spring 2013 volunteer legal intern. The internship will entail in-depth research and analysis of novel legal issues, as well as preparation of legal memoranda for the immigration judges. Interns will have an opportunity to draft several decisions that will be taken under advisement by an immigration judge. Interns can expect to complete assignments that may later be used as writing samples. In addition, interns will be able to observe a variety of matters brought before the court. The intern will work under the supervision of the court’s attorney advisor but will also have substantial interaction with the individual immigration judges.

Interested students must submit a cover letter detailing their interest in the internship, resume, 5–10 page writing sample, law school transcript (unofficial acceptable), and contact information for three references by Wednesday, October 10, 2012.  Candidates selected to interview will be notified very soon after this deadline.  Please submit application materials and direct inquiries to Joyce Adams, by phone at 206-370-3007 or via email at

Important: In addition to specific application materials requested above, students should also submit an Externship Application (here) to