Full-time Staff Positions

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.

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Attorneys United for a Secure America (AUSA) is a non-partisan affiliation of talented attorneys dedicated to pursuing cases that serve the national interest when it comes to immigration law.

If you are interested in joining the network, visit the AUSA website.