National Immigrant Justice Center Externship


National Immigrant Justice Center Externship (LAW 75734 and LAW 70730)

A Law Extern’s Experience


James Feigenbaum writes on his experience as an immigration law extern with the National Immigrant Justice Center

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Four NDLS students will have the opportunity to practice immigration law under the supervision of an experienced National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) immigration attorney by providing immigration legal services to low-income immigrants in Indiana through NIJC. NIJC will select, screen and house all cases handled through this externship. Students will meet as a class once a week for one hour of instruction on substantive immigration law and lawyering skills, guided discussion and case review. Students will spend an additional eight hours each week conducting case work. Students will handle the representation of one or more NIJC clients and seek immigration benefits before federal agencies and courts. Students will conduct initial intake interviews, identify client eligibility for immigration benefits, complete immigration applications, compile supporting documentation and write legal memoranda.

There are no required courses students must take in advance of participating in this externship. However, Administrative Law (70315), Advanced Legal Research (70207), Appellate Advocacy Seminar (73314), Immigration Law (70301), and Introduction to International Human Rights (70417) are recommended. Registration is by permission only. Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume and informal transcript to Lisa Koop at

Click here for a 30-minute informational video on the program.