Fellow, Immigration Rights Clinic in the School of Law

Irvine, CA
Aug 22, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
  • School of Law - School of Law


    Open date: August 18th, 2017

    Last review date: September 18th, 2017
    Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

    Final date: October 31st, 2017
    Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


    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 to help the attorney 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. The 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 detention and deportation defense to workplace exploitation and protection of the civil and constitutional rights of immigrants. IRC also provides legal support to grassroots organizations focused on critical issues affecting low-income immigrants in the region. 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 direct supervision of IRC co-directors, Professors Sameer Ashar and Annie Lai. Areas of work are likely to include: collaboration with local grassroots community organizations, such as Resilence OC, on deportation defense campaigns and policy initiatives; support for rapid response to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) actions at the local and national level; and litigation on behalf of noncitizens facing deportation, including those who have experienced civil rights violations and/or had contact with the criminal justice system. 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 the capacity to deploy 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 UC Irvine School of Law Clinical Law Program, and the law faculty's intellectual life more generally. As such, the IRC Fellow will receive mentoring and career development support. The IRC Fellow is expected to be joined by two clinical fellows in other program areas in 2017-18.

    Review of applications will begin immediately and continue through October 31, 2017. To ensure full consideration, applications and supporting materials must be received by September 19, 2017.

    Please go to the following link to apply for this position: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF04253

    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: www.law.uci.edu.

    This fellowship has been made possible in part by the Orange County Community Foundation, The California Endowment, and the Liberty Hill Foundation.
    Job location Irvine, CA


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