Working at the ILRC

Employment Opportunities

The ILRC Is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The ILRC is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to apply. The ILRC abides by the SF Fair Chance Ordinance.

Law Clerk Opportunities

Position Description: Law clerks will be assigned to a variety of projects and supervised by an ILRC attorney. Assignments span the ILRC's diverse project areas including policy, legal trainings, and immigrant civic engagement. For example, last year’s intern projects included, research and writing for ILRC’s practice advisories and manuals widely used by immigration practitioners; community engagement and community presentations; and work on implementing laws authored and co-sponsored by the ILRC. Each clerk is assigned an ILRC mentor attorney and the summer program includes immigration law trainings created especially for our law clerks.

Qualifications: Applicants with strong legal research and writing skills and a demonstrated commitment to immigration issues are encouraged to apply. A ten-week commitment is preferable and fluency in other languages is a plus. For further details on our summer clerkship program, see the posting above.

Law students are accepted for the spring and fall semesters and during the summer. We generally accept summer law student applications from January through February.

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 use the “Summer 2020 Law Program” link above to submit an application.

Legal Volunteer Opportunities

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 Sharon Hing,, Legal Program Collaboration Manager. Please use the subject line “Legal Volunteer Inquiry.”