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Fellow, Immigration Rights Clinic in the School of Law

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The University of California, Irvine School of Law invites applications for the position of Fellow in its Immigrant Rights Clinic (IRC). The fellowship is designed to provide an attorney who has a strong interest in the field with mentorship and support to advance a career in public interest law or to launch a career in clinical teaching.

UCI Law is proud to have a dynamic clinical program already ranked highly in nationwide surveys. IRC was launched in 2011 and is one of several core clinics at UC Irvine that meet the School of Law's clinical requirement. Clinic students, working under close faculty supervision, provide direct representation to immigrants on matters ranging from bond representation and complex removal defense to combating workplace exploitation and beyond. IRC also provides legal support to grassroots organizations focused on critical issues affecting low-income immigrants. IRC strives for and models high quality, holistic and transformative lawyering. It acts in accordance with the foundational insight that the community is best served when lawyers help empower marginalized individuals and groups to advocate for themselves.

The IRC Fellow will work under the supervision of IRC Director(s). Areas of work are likely to include: collaboration with local grassroots community organizations, such as Resilence OC, on deportation defense campaigns and policy initiatives; strategic support for rapid response networks at the local and national level; and litigation on behalf of noncitizens, including those who have experienced violations of their civil and constitutional rights. Other work may include litigation and advocacy on behalf of immigrant workers on labor and employment issues. In each of these areas, there will be opportunities to develop sophisticated, community-centered law and organizing strategies. The IRC Fellow may also have opportunities to teach clinic classes and supervise students during the fellowship term.

The IRC Fellow is expected to be a vital part not only of IRC, but also of the Clinical Law Program and the intellectual life of the Law School more generally. The IRC Fellow is expected to be joined by clinical fellows in two other program areas during 2018.

A J.D. from an A.B.A.-accredited law school is required. Membership in any state bar is required. Preference will be given to candidates with at least 3-5 years of practical experience. Proficiency in Spanish is also helpful, though not required.

Candidates must possess a strong interest in working on immigrant rights issues; superior written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills; the ability to think imaginatively and critically about approaches to challenges facing immigrant communities; the ability to work collaboratively with clients, students, faculty, and administrators; a strong work ethic and demonstrated understanding of the applicable ethical rules; and the ability to juggle multiple competing priorities and meet firm deadlines.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue through April 13, 2018. To ensure full consideration, applications and supporting materials must be received by March 12, 2018. We expect that the IRC Fellow will begin work in July 2018.

Please go to the following link to apply for this position:

The University of California Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.

For more information about the University of California Irvine School of Law, visit:

This fellowship has been made possible in part by the The California Endowment and the Liberty Hill Foundation.

Job location

Irvine, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Please include your background and interests as it applies to this position

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching - See our guidance for writing a reflective teaching statement.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence.

  • A Writing Sample

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)