Founded in 1979 as a national center for education and advocacy, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) seeks to improve immigration law and policy and make affordable legal services available to all immigrants. The ILRC educates and assists attorneys, paralegals and other community-based advocates who counsel immigrants of all backgrounds in every region of the country; informs the media, elected officials, and the public about immigration issues in order to make policy and law more effective and just; and works directly with grassroots immigrant leaders and organizations to promote civic engagement as another means for creating social change. The ILRC does not provide direct legal services to immigrants.
The ILRC Today operates with 17 staff members and an annual budget of $2.1 million. Approximately 75% of this budget comes from foundation grants; 9% is raised from contributions (mainly law firms and individuals) secured through mailings and events; 14% is earned through fee generating products and services and 2% through other fees and interest. The ILRC hosts an annual fund raising event, the Phillip Burton Immigration and Civil Rights Awards, as well as a Circle of Friends appreciation event for donors of $100 and up. The current donor constituency includes 200 individual donors based mainly in California, 25 foundation partners and another 25 foundation prospects in the active pipeline.
The ILRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Legal Internship Opportunities
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center is a national nonprofit resource center that provides legal trainings, educational materials, and advocacy to advance immigrant rights. In addition, ILRC helps immigrant groups organize and advocate for themselves. Our primary areas of practice currently include: immigration; citizenship; immigrant civic participation; crossover issues between immigration law and criminal law, family and domestic violence law, and consumer fraud law; and asylum law.
Position Description: Law clerks will be assigned to a variety of projects and paired with a "buddy" attorney. Tasks may include, but are not limited to, research and writing for our legal publications; responding to "Attorney of the Day" calls; helping to organize and possibly speak at community meetings; and policy advocacy and lobbying on immigration law issues.
Qualifications: Applicants must be currently enrolled in law school, and possess good research and writing skills. A ten-week commitment is preferable and fluency in other languages is a plus.
Law students are accepted for the spring and fall semesters and during the summer. We generally accept summer law student applications from January through March. If applications are received past this time frame, generally we no longer have any openings. We do not provide paid summer internships; law students are asked to either to volunteer their time or have their position funded by another source. We encourage law students to apply for fellowship opportunities that are available to law students working in public interest positions during the summer.
We accept law student applications to work during other times of the year on an ongoing basis. During the spring and fall semesters we ask that law students commit to a minimum of 12 hours per week for the entire semester.
For law student internship requests, we ask that you submit a cover letter, resume, and preferably a writing sample to our Volunteer Coordinator.
With a small and specialized staff, ILRC is active on the regional, state, and national fronts of immigration law and policy. To maximize our staff resources, ILRC often calls upon volunteers to contribute to our mission.
Because the majority of our work requires legal skills, we generally do not accept undergraduate student volunteers. However, volunteers who are fluent in other languages such as Spanish, Cantonese, or Mandarin may be needed on an occasional basis for translation. From time to time, we also appreciate the contributions of volunteers who are interested in development work.
We accept volunteer immigration attorneys on an ongoing basis. For attorneys who are interested in volunteering with the ILRC, we ask that you submit a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications, a resume of academic and work experience, and a brief writing sample.
Please get involved today. Your help really makes a difference. To find out about volunteer opportunities and how you can join our efforts, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator.