Career Opportunities

 
Full-time Staff Positions

Director of Investigations

​The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) is a non-partisan, public interest law firm fighting for immigration policies that serve national interests, not special interests. IRLI believes that immigration reform must enhance national security, improve the economy, protect jobs, preserve our environment, and establish a rule of law that is recognized and enforced. 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.

In addition to legal services, IRLI uses public records laws to expose public officials who undermine our immigration system and to educate the American public regarding the harmful impact of uncontrolled immigration on national security, jobs, education, health care, and the environment. National media outlets regularly quote IRLI and publish articles and special reports on our public records findings, including The Washington Times, Reuters, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg News, USA Today, Fox News, Conservative Review, The Daily Caller, Breitbart, The Washington Examiner, and LifeZette, among others.

IRLI is seeking a highly motivated Director of Investigations.

Responsibilities include:

  • Devising strategy for IRLI’s investigations department;

  • Executing IRLI’s investigative priorities;

  • Managing investigative staff and consultants;

  • Formulating and drafting public records requests, requests for investigation, and administrative complaints;

  • Overseeing public records requests through the administrative process, including the appeals process;

  • Reviewing and analyzing responsive records;

  • Drafting reports regarding findings; and

  • Engaging in other investigative-related tasks as needed.

 

Minimum requirements include:

  • Degree(s) in related field;

  • Ten+ years of investigative experience (preexisting Freedom of Information Act knowledge or experience is preferred);

  • Ability to work well under pressure and time constraints;

  • Self-starter with the ability to handle multiple priorities;

  • Excellent writing skills; and

  • An interest in immigration issues and policies (preexisting knowledge or experience is preferred but not required)

 

This position is located in IRLI’s headquarters in Washington, DC, conveniently located one block from Union Station. IRLI offers a generous benefits package including health and dental insurance and 403(b) contributions. Salary is commensurate with experience. 

 

Before applying, please familiarize yourself with IRLI’s mission. To apply, please send a brief cover letter, resume, and writing sample to info@irli.org.

Paralegal Specialist

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 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 has recently created Attorneys United for a Secure America (AUSA), an association of talented attorneys dedicated to pursuing cases prioritizing national security, defending our nation’s borders, safeguarding the public, protecting jobs, and valuing America’s natural resources. 

 

Position Summary:

The Paralegal Specialist (PS) will work directly with IRLI and AUSA attorneys to prepare legal documents, research legal precedent, and develop and maintain an index system for current and prospective cases. Our caseload is growing and the ideal candidate for this position is organized, professional, responsible, and committed to helping us meet all of our clients’ needs.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assists the Executive Director and department directors in managing firm caseload;

  • Tracks current and prospective cases using a tracking system;

  • Performs legal research;

  • Supports attorneys by proofreading, editing, formatting and finalizing legal documents through to execution, at all times exhibiting a diligent and meticulous approach to detail;

  • Prepares, maintains, retrieves and delivers case files and documents as requested;

  • Updates IRLI’s library; and

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

 

Minimum requirements include:

  • Paralegal certificate or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

  • 3+ years of relevant experience.

  • Knowledge and experience of using Microsoft Office Suite of applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, and PowerPoint).

  • Legal research skills with proficiency in Lexis-Nexis and PACER.

  • Outstanding organizational skills.

  • Demonstrate good communication skills both verbally and in writing.

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

Before applying, please familiarize yourself with IRLI’s mission. To apply, please send a brief cover letter, resume, and writing sample to info@irli.org.

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 info@irli.org.

IRLI is a supporting organization of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

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