Mich. State College of Law – Immigration Fellowship

February 11, 2016

Michigan State University College of Law invites applications for a two-year position in its Immigration Law Clinic. Applications are accepted immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

MSU’s Immigration Law Clinic provides opportunities for students to learn the practice of law in a well-supervised and academically rigorous program. The direct representation of clients is the core of the students’ experience in the clinic, and the clinic seeks to maintain a diverse and challenging docket. Though a core of immigration law content is always present, the clinic selects cases with attention to pedagogical concerns, community need, and impact to provide students with opportunities to engage as attorneys in a variety of contexts. Now in its sixth year, the Immigration Law Clinic has represented clients from 76 different countries. The docket includes removal defense, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U-visas, VAWA, asylum, refugee adjustments, naturalization and appellate matters before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Since Fall 2013, the Clinic has been under contract to represent all unaccompanied children in ORR custody in Michigan and to provide legal screenings and Know Your Rights presentations to children in temporary care in Michigan. The current docket includes approximately 100 children in removal proceedings and an approximately equal number of clients seeking other forms of relief. Through this varied casework, students build not only knowledge and skills, but also the exercise of judgment, the formation of professional identity and the development of a critical and reflective perspective on legal systems.

The Immigration Fellow will work in coordination with Immigration Law Clinic faculty and Supervising Attorneys, on all aspects of the program. The fellow will receive an annual salary of $50,000.00, together with generous benefits.

Applicants must have a JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school and membership in a state bar. Preference will be given to applicants with experience representing noncitizens, strong academic records and writing ability, and a demonstrated commitment to public interest law. Strong preference also will be given to candidates who are fluent in Spanish. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

To apply, please submit a law school transcript, curriculum vitae and cover letter explaining your interest in the position to:

Veronica T. Thronson

Associate Clinical Professor of Law

Director, Immigration Law Clinic

veronica.thronson@law.msu.edu

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