Harvard Law School

Job Description                               



Title:  Albert M. Sacks Clinical Teaching & Advocacy Fellow

Business Title:

Department: Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic

Grade: 00

FLSA status: Exempt

Reports to: Clinic Director

Date: 6/23/2017



Summary :

Provide a brief description, referring to the department’s mission as appropriate, that summarizes the overall purpose and critical objectives of the position, the results the employee is expected to accomplish and the degree of freedom to act.


Essential Functions :

Describe the critical work (tasks and responsibilities) that is most important for getting the job done.


The fellowship will provide an opportunity for an attorney to work at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) on direct representation of individuals applying for asylum and other forms of humanitarian protection, starting in the summer of 2017. The Fellow, who will be housed at Harvard Law School, will assist with the supervision of clinical students and work closely with experienced attorneys and clinicians at Harvard Law School and Greater Boston Legal Services during the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Fellow will appear in immigration court and in front of administrative bodies with clinic students and will provide close supervision of student casework in conjunction with the Clinic Director and Assistant Director. The Fellow will assist with supervising the Harvard Immigration Project (HIP), the student practice organization, in conjunction with the HIP supervising attorney.


The Fellow’s responsibilities will include the development of immigration and refugee law teaching and training materials alongside the Clinic Director. Specifically, the Fellow will assist with the clinical Immigration and Refugee Advocacy seminar and training in the fall semester and the Immigration Policy and Social Change course in the spring semester, as well as any other courses taught by the Clinic Director.


Additionally, the Fellow will work on a range of research and writing projects for the Clinic Director, which may include work on appellate briefs and advocacy issues. The position will also offer other opportunities for professional development and scholarship in the areas of immigration and refugee law, which the Fellow is encouraged to pursue. The Fellow will be based at Harvard Law School and may collaborate with other programs in Harvard's vibrant clinical community.


Additional Responsibilities:

Other “non-essential work” that remains a component of the job.



qualifications, Knowledge, skills and abilities:

Skills that can be either screened out from a resume alone, e.g. JD; and all other qualifications, knowledge, skills and abilities preferred or required.

Basic Qualifications: JD earned within 3 years of hire date required.


Additional Qualifications: Candidates with experience in immigration removal and asylum practice strongly preferred. Candidates should have excellent academic credentials, superior research and writing skills, and a strong commitment to public interest lawyering. Outstanding interpersonal skills, along with flexibility, a sense of humor and a passion for direct service work, and, particularly, immigration and asylum work required. Candidates should also have an interest in and demonstrated aptitude for supervising and advising students, as well as a demonstrated interest in teaching and proven capacity to work as a team member. Ability to work sensitively with a diverse population of clients, students, and staff is essential.


Second language capability in Spanish and MA bar license preferred. Admission to the bar required.


Reporting relationship and supervisory responsibilities:


The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


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