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Spring Legal Intern

Description:
KIND’s Boston office seeks a Legal intern for the Spring semester of 2021 to assist in providing pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children in immigration court proceedings. Please note a commitment of twelve weeks is preferred, while a minimum commitment of ten weeks is required for the internship. This internship is unpaid but may be pursued for academic credit. We are happy to assist with work study and funding from external sources is welcomed. A laptop will be provided for this role.

Essential Functions:
  • Supporting the representation of unaccompanied children: Prepare legal filings for unaccompanied children (direct representation) under the supervision of KIND attorneys, including asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petitions and state court filings and work card applications; prepare for hearings and interviews.
  • Legal Screening: Assist with the initial screening of unaccompanied minor children; communicate with child clients, adult sponsors, and other agencies; and draft case referral memos.
  • Legal Research: Research current trends in immigration law and family law, country conditions, and other federal laws to assist in case preparation. Assisting with motions, affidavits, briefs, and memoranda of law.
  • Case Management: Update case summaries, track important court dates and deadlines, process referrals and communicate with clients.
  • Develop Sample Materials: Assist in preparing sample USCIS and immigration court filings, training materials, pro bono guides and practice advisories.

Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited JD or LLM program.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English (oral and written).
  • Exceptional academic credentials, strong writing skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience in immigration and family law strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with children and survivors of trauma preferred.
  • Must be passionate about issues affecting unaccompanied immigrant children.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
  • Ability to work within an office environment and have regular interaction via telephone, videoconference, IM, and email with KIND's team.





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