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Brooklyn at the border

The Immigrants’ Rights Fellowship Program offers a special opportunity for students to provide essential legal assistance to migrants. This year, the Fellowship will support work on behalf of migrants at the US/Mexico border who are either subject to detention or to the Migrant Protection Protocols (“Remain in Mexico”). Students locate internships in organizations located on the Southern Border and engage in 10 weeks of supervised legal work.

Fellows receive a $5,000 stipend. The law school also can provide limited financial support to defray travel costs. Fellows are responsible for securing their placements as well as travel arrangements, food and lodging and local transportation.


Both full-time and part-time students who have completed their first year of study are eligible for an Immigrants’ Rights Fellowship. Successful applicants will demonstrate a dedication to immigration law, identify a proposed or secured internship, and submit a timely application. All applicants must have a 3.0 GPA. Most organizations at the border prefer fluency in Spanish so carefully check their website.

Once selected, fellows are expected to report on their summer internships and the legal challenges that they addressed at a luncheon for the Brooklyn Law School community during the fall semester.


The deadline for application is 5 p.m. on March 15, 2020. The application requires an internship proposal that includes a statement of interest and a current resume. Applicants who already have secured a placement will be given priority.

Submit your materials to Joanne Tapia who is located on the 8th floor. A LIST OF ORGANIZATIONS WITH LEGAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IS AVAILABLE. Please email Ms. Tapia for a copy of the list.


For questions about the Fellowship, please contact Stacy Caplow, Associate Dean of Experiential Education & Professor of Law or Maryellen Fullerton, Professor of Law.