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 85 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.
IRAP’s legal department includes over 40 staff who provide individual legal assistance to refugees and other displaced people around the world. Since IRAP’s establishment, we have helped to resettle more than 3,800 individuals to 18 countries.
The IRAP Jordan Office is located in the capital city of Amman. Our team consists of a Program and Operations Director, Program and Operations Assistant, Supervising Attorney, Staff Attorney, Volunteer Program Coordinator, Casework Coordinator and two Caseworkers. Our work is centered on providing remote and in-person legal assistance with refugee resettlement and family reunification through UNHCR referrals, U.S. refugee resettlement, domestic immigration remedies, and relocation through alternative pathways.
The IRAP Jordan Office seeks to sponsor a law student who is participating in a formal law school externship program to extern at IRAP during the summer 2021 period. The legal extern will be supervised by a US barred attorney within the IRAP Jordan Office.
This is an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in refugee, immigration, and international law, who seek direct experience with refugees. COVID-19 Note: This externship may be remote depending on the Covid-19 situation globally and in Jordan. The Jordan office works from Sunday to Thursday.
IRAP is willing to discuss adapting responsibilities to fit the requirements of specific externship programs
- Conducting interviews with refugees to determine needs and refugee claims
- Drafting legal briefs and memos in support of at-risk and vulnerable refugee cases
- Preparing affidavits and other evidence for cases submitted to UNHCR and foreign governments
- Researching law and global country and human rights conditions to reinforce claims
- Other duties as assigned
The following qualifications are required unless otherwise indicated
- Bachelor’s degree
- Pursuing an advanced degree in law.
- Interest in refugee law and/or processing, human rights, and international law
- Fluency in oral and written English; ability to speak Arabic is highly desired
- Strong research, writing, and analytical skills
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills; comfortable working with diverse populations
- Ability to commit at least 10 hours per week for 10 weeks over summer 2021.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, a description of your school’s externship program and requirements, and a list of three professional references using the application form available here.
In 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 January 3, 2021.
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.