The National Immigrant Justice Center
A Heartland Alliance Program
The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), a program of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, offers internships to law students and undergraduate students to work in a variety of its different legal services programs. The internships present an excellent opportunity to learn more about U.S. immigration law and policies while making a difference in the lives of low-income and impoverished individuals who are in need of legal representation.
NIJC has garnered a national reputation for providing quality legal services and advocacy for low-income immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers. NIJC’s trainings, publications, and technical assistance reach a diverse constituency of pro bono lawyers, non-profit community groups, policymakers, and government officials. NIJC’s office is located in downtown Chicago.
In general, an internship may include the following activities:
- Interview immigration clients telephonically and in-person to collect factual information related to their cases;
- Input case-related information into client database and prepare case summaries and legal immigration documents and materials;
- Conduct follow-up interviews with clients throughout the case preparation process;
- Assist NIJC attorneys in preparing for hearings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review; and
- Ensure copies of all relevant documentation are routed to the client’s case file.
VOLUNTEER INTERPRETATION PROGRAM INFORMATION
NIJC's volunteer interpretation program is called the Language of Human Rights. Through this program you can volunteer your language skills to our organization.
Specific information: https://www.immigrantjustice.org/be-volunteer-interpreter
For Pre-Law Students: This could be a great way to explore a specific area of law while providing a valuable service (and gaining valuable experience for your future endeavors). You should follow the links for detailed information about available opportunities; including serving as a volunteer interpreter. Contact Bradley Mueller, Pre-Law Advisor, with additional questions.