Externally Funded Litigation Fellowship

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


About IRAP

The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation to refugees through the registration, protection, and resettlement processes. We are 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 persons around the world. IRAP operates offices in New York, Jordan, and Lebanon.

IRAP’s litigation department is based in New York. IRAP litigates systemic advocacy cases in federal court on behalf of refugees and others in humanitarian need. For the list of cases that IRAP has been involved in, please see: https://refugeerights.org/litigation/.

IRAP believes in action, accountability, innovation, and candor. We are nimble, collaborative, and nonpartisan, and believe in the power of individuals to change their own circumstances. IRAP was founded in 2008 by a group of law students with a vision to change the status quo of global refugee processing in order to assist the most vulnerable refugees.


IRAP’s litigation department seeks to sponsor law students and lawyers who have external fellowship funding (from a school, law firm, or otherwise) to work at IRAP for a minimum of three months (but above six months preferred) in our New York City office. **This posting is NOT for those seeking sponsors for Skadden or Equal Justice Works fellowships — please wait for a separate posting for those opportunities which will be posted in early summer.**

Fellows will be supervised by attorneys in the litigation department, but may have opportunities to collaborate with other departments including Legal, Policy, and Communications. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a growing organization that makes an important impact on the lives of refugees.

Possible Responsibilities

IRAP may be willing to discuss adapting responsibilities to fit the requirements of specific fellowship programs

  • Conducting legal research in support of ongoing or planned litigation.
  • Conducting outreach to affected communities, leading plaintiff intake interviews, and drafting affidavits.
  • Participating in and leading litigation efforts as appropriate, depending on level of experience.
  • Preparing know-your-rights materials and participating in public education efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • J.D. at the time of starting the fellowship
  • Interest in complex federal litigation, immigration law, and refugee processing
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Comfortable working with diverse and at-risk populations
  • Must be highly organized and motivated, able to multi-task, and have excellent time management skills
  • Fluency in oral and written English; ability to speak other languages is a plus
  • Competency with Microsoft Suite required

IRAP welcomes applications from diverse candidates.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply


Please submit a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (~10 pages), and a list of three references using the application form available here. We will review applications on a rolling basis.

Please confirm in your cover letter that you are applying for the externally-funded fellowship position and identify the fellowship that you are applying for or have received. We are unable to respond to any applications submitted that does not contain this information.