Employment Opportunity

IRAP Law School Spring 2021 Externship, Litigation

Considered on a rolling basis, priority given to applications received before Dec. 10, 2020


IRAP’s litigation department seeks to sponsor a law student who is participating in a formal law school externship program to extern at IRAP for the Spring 2021 semester. The legal extern will be supervised by an attorney within IRAP’s litigation department, but may also have the opportunity to collaborate with other departments including Policy, Communications, and Legal (direct services). This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a growing organization that makes an important impact on the lives of refugees.

IRAP’s litigation department is based in New York. IRAP litigates systemic advocacy cases in federal court on behalf of refugees and others in humanitarian need.  For the current list of cases that IRAP’s litigation department is involved in, please see: https://refugeerights.org/litigation/


The extern may work remotely through June 2021.

Possible Responsibilities

IRAP is willing to discuss adapting responsibilities to fit the requirements of specific externship programs

  • Writing factual and legal research memos in support of ongoing or planned litigation.
  • Communicating with and interviewing clients and affected communities.
  • Assisting with litigation, including conducting research, drafting affidavits, and cite-checking and finalizing briefs and other filings.
  • Preparing know-your-rights materials and participating in public education efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned.


The following qualifications are required unless otherwise indicated

  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Pursuing an advanced degree in law.
  • Interest in complex federal litigation, immigration law, and refugee processing.
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, particularly in working with diverse and at-risk populations.
  • Ability to commit at least 10 hours per week for the semester.
  • Fluency in oral and written English; ability to speak other languages is a plus.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Suite required, fluency in Adobe Acrobat a plus.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (5-10 pages), a description of your school’s externship program and requirements, and a list of three references using the application form available hereIn your cover letter, please confirm that you are seeking a placement for an externship program offered through your law school.  We will review applications on a rolling basis with preference given to applications received before Dec. 10, 2020.

IRAP believes that diversity is critical to fostering a strong workplace and serving our clients well. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities that we serve, members of other marginalized communities, and individuals whose identities are underrepresented in the legal profession.