Externs, Interns, and Fellows
The Nierenberg International Refugee Assistance Project Fellowship was established in 2018 by David Nierenberg, Yale Law School ’78, and his wife, Patricia. Their support for the fellowship originates from their strong family interest to help displaced persons, honor ancestry, and serve as a reminder to our nation about the sanctity of human rights.
This fellowship funds a one-year position, beginning in September 2020, in IRAP’s Litigation Department.
The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. We are the leading organization that provides free and comprehensive legal services to people we serve through registration, protection, and resettlement processes.
IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York City), Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multinational corporations, and law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights in the U.S. and internationally. IRAP has over 50 full-time staff, the majority of whom are based in the New York City office, with others working in field offices in Jordan and Lebanon or remotely. We are a nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.
This fellowship funds a one-year position, beginning in September 2020, in IRAP’s Litigation Department. IRAP’s Litigation Department has been at the forefront of challenging government policies that harm refugees and other vulnerable populations, including through challenges to the President’s Executive Orders banning immigration from certain Muslim-majority countries, policies suspending certain refugee processing, and mass denial of refugee status to Iranian religious minorities. More information about the Litigation Department’s work is available here.
Graduates of any ABA accredited law school are eligible to apply. The fellowship is open to current 3Ls and attorneys who have graduated within the last three years. Applicants must be a member of any bar or eligible to sit for the bar prior to the start of the fellowship.
Pay and Other Benefits
The stipend for the position is $47,500 for the year, and will be supplemented by the International Refugee Assistance Project for a total of $58,500. IRAP offers excellent benefits including family health, dental and vision benefits, and twenty days of vacation, five personal days, and twelve sick days per year.
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.
Applications will be accepted from January 6 through March 16, 2020. Interested candidates should complete the online application available here with the following information:
- Name, email, law school, degree, and year of graduation or expected year of graduation.
- A personal statement of interest no longer than 1,000 words:
- describing the applicant’s experiences with and commitment to working on behalf of refugees and displaced people
- explaining why the applicant wishes to work at IRAP specifically;
- explaining why the applicant wishes to work in IRAP’s Litigation Department and any prior experiences with civil litigation; and
- describing how the fellowship would help to achieve the applicant’s long-term goals
- Up to three letters of recommendation, preferably including at least one from a legal employer or supervisor, and one from a clinical or academic professor.
- An unofficial transcript.
- A resume.
- A writing sample of no more than 10 pages.
For further information, please contact Norma D’Apolito, Director of Public Interest, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 436-2580. Decisions are expected by early April.