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CLALS | Employment Opportunities

Position Description: WCL-CLALS Dean’s Fellows
Period: Academic Year 2016-2017
Hourly Rate: $20
Workload: 10-15 hrs. per week, as needed

The Washington College of Law’s Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC) and the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) are partnering to provide expert assistance to local legal service providers representing Central American migrants soliciting asylum or other forms of immigration relief. To support this work, IJC and CLALS seek to hire one or more WCL students to assist CLALS-based faculty and research fellows in preparing customized expert reports to be submitted as part of clients’ case materials.  

Responsibilities:

Selected candidates will be asked to produce strong, data-driven draft reports utilizing Center-based resources on country and community conditions; redacted exemplars; publicly accessible databases on regional crime, relevant socio-economic conditions, and state services; and a thorough review of recent scholarly and journalistic publications. Draft declarations will assess the validity of migrants’ claims regarding circumstances that motivated them to flee their countries of origin. Expert reports will also carefully address claims about conditions in particular locations in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras and about claimants’ vulnerability to specific types of harm, including homicide, sexual violence, gang recruitment, kidnapping, extortion, domestic violence, and child abuse.

Basic Requirements:

Candidates must possess superior research, writing, and editing skills; show meticulous attention to detail; and have the ability to set priorities and adhere to strict deadlines. Advanced reading proficiency and the ability to conduct research in Spanish are essential. Candidates must be able to work independently with limited oversight. Given the sensitive nature of this work, selected candidates must exercise discretion and sound judgement in the management of case documents and in communications with CLALS staff and clients’ attorneys. Preference will be given to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in coursework in immigration law. A commitment for the full 2016-2017 academic year is strongly preferred.  

Send resume and cover letter to Inés Luengo de Krom at luengode@american.edu. Please indicate “IJC-CLALS Dean’s Fellow” in the subject line. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.