Immigration Staff Attorney

Job Type

Full Time





Application Deadline



40 Rector Street
9th Floor
New York
New York
United States


The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) at the Urban Justice Center seeks an Immigration Staff Attorney to join our team! The Immigration Staff Attorney will provide emergency legal assistance to asylum seekers at a distance, develop pro se resources, and represent ASAP clients at immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and Courts of Appeal. The Immigration Staff Attorney must be able to work independently on tight timelines while maintaining a positive outlook. Their responsibilities will include counseling clients and pro se litigants, as well as legal research and writing.

This position is full-time with excellent benefits for a one-year period, with the possibility for renewal. Applicants available to work in New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. are preferred, but interested candidates based elsewhere who wish to work remotely are also encouraged to apply! If you have any concerns or questions about timing, length of employment, or location, please email us at

About ASAP

ASAP works to prevent the deportation of asylum-seeking families through community support and emergency legal aid. We provide rapid representation at a distance, reaching families who could not otherwise access legal services in the United States. Since our founding in 2015, ASAP has prevented the imminent deportation of more than 400 asylum seekers in 26 states, connected more than 2,500 asylum seekers through a supportive online community, and mobilized hundreds of volunteers. ASAP’s clients and founders have been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, TIME Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune. For more information, visit our website at

Primary Responsibilities

  • Represent asylum-seeking clients in removal proceedings in immigration court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and Courts of Appeal.
  • Draft briefs, motions, memos, declarations, and other documents in support of casework.
  • Communicate regularly with ASAP’s clients, online community members, and partner organizations.
  • Provide limited pro se assistance to asylum-seekers in removal proceedings who belong to ASAP’s private online community.
  • Provide legal information and referrals to asylum-seekers without representation.
  • Develop pro se written and video resources.
  • Respond to requests for emergency legal assistance.
  • Maintain careful and accurate case management records.
  • Supervise the legal work of paralegals, interns, and volunteers.
  • Perform administrative tasks as necessary.


  • Spanish fluency strongly preferred.
  • Asylum or immigration law experience strongly preferred.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and responsibly.
  • Careful attention to details.
  • Ability to thrive in high-pressure situations.
  • Ability to think creatively, take initiative, and be flexible.
  • Comfort with technology and ability to problem-solve in the face of technical challenges.
  • Commitment to remain in position for at least one year.
  • Must have a J.D. and be a member of a bar association or have an application pending.
  • Commitment to ASAP’s mission of preventing deportations of asylum seekers across the United States.


Salary commensurate with experience. ASAP offers excellent benefits including health and retirement plans, a flexible work schedule, and vacation and sick leave.

This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2230.

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish fluency strongly preferred

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, two references, and a writing sample to: Please use the subject line “Staff Attorney Application”.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and should be submitted no later than September 1, 2018. Interested applicants should apply as soon as possible.

ASAP is an equal opportunity employer. ASAP is an affirmative action employer and strongly encourages immigrants, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, women, and all qualified persons to apply.