Full-time Staff Positions

IRLI Internships and Clerkships

IRLI offers a limited number of internships and clerkships on both a full-time and part-time basis during the summer and academic year. Interns and law clerks typically perform research, draft legal memoranda, attend hearings, review and analyze documents, write blog posts, and perform other tasks while working on cases of national importance. Interested students should send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to [email protected].

Investigations Counsel

The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) is a non-partisan, national public-interest law firm dedicated to promoting a balanced and responsible legal philosophy to govern the interpretation of U.S. immigration law. IRLI is dedicated to ensuring that immigration to the United States is both properly controlled and limited to the benefit of the American people. IRLI’s boutique-sized staff and expertise in immigration law enables it to offer premier legal services to individuals, organizations, and government officials in federal and state courts and before government agencies.



IRLI is seeking an Investigations Counsel who will prosecute lawsuits brought under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state public records request laws, as well as related legal research and drafting.


Tasks Include:

  • The primary responsibility of this position will be prosecuting FOIA and other public records lawsuits;
  • Additional tasks will include:
    • Conducting legal research relevant to IRLI investigations;
    • Preparing presentations and reports on projects to the Director of Investigations; and
    • Performing other related duties as assigned.

Minimum requirements:

  • J.D. Degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Admitted to the District of Columbia Bar and the U.S. District Court for D.C. (or eligible to join)
  • Three to five+ years of litigation experience, including at least one to three years of experience in FOIA litigation
  • Motivated self-starter who is able to work independently as well as with others
  • Possess superb interpersonal, writing, and oral communication skills
  • Ability to analyze and resolve novel, complex issues with a resourceful, “can-do” attitude
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, take on new responsibilities, and prioritize work in a dynamic, deadline-intensive environment
  • Commitment to excellence
  • Experience with immigration law issues preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to IRLI’s mission of promoting responsible immigration law enforcement and border control

This position is located in IRLI’s headquarters in Washington, DC, and is a full-time, exempt position. IRLI offers generous benefits, and the salary is commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send a brief cover letter and resume to [email protected].

The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics.

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