Legal Externships

The Immigration Project is looking for 1 – 2 bright law students to join our team as externs for the Spring 2019 semester at our Champaign Office. This externship presents an excellent opportunity to learn more about U.S. immigration law while making a difference in the lives of low-income individuals who are in need of legal representation.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Externs will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities central to the practice of immigration law. These responsibilities may include:

  • Legal issue-spotting
  • Writing legal briefs and memos
  • Statement development, interview preparation, form assistance, and other tasks related to preparing client applications
  • Assisting attorneys with legal clinics and client appointments
  • Miscellaneous administrative tasks essential to the functionality of the office


Externs must be responsible, organized, and adaptable. We are looking for individuals who are comfortable engaging with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and be sensitive to the issues faced by people from vulnerable and underserved populations. Ideal candidates will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and have some database experience. We prioritize applicants with proficiency in a second language; Spanish language skills are extremely useful but not required.

In order to best advocate for our clients, externs may be required to travel to other locations in Illinois, and to work during weekends or non-traditional business hours.


We strongly encourage externs to seek out alternative funding and/or class credit to reflect their hard work over the course of the semester. Externs pursuing credit will be responsible for scheduling sufficient hours to fulfill academic requirements.

To apply:

Please email our Champaign Volunteer Coordinator, Nat Bauer, at Include a cover letter, a current resume, and a 3 – 5 page writing sample.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis

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