Staff Attorney, NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative


New York University’s Immigrant Defense Initiative (IDI) seeks a full-time Staff Attorney for a one-year contract position with the possibility of renewal. IDI is a project of NYU Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic, directed by Professors Alina Das and Nancy Morawetz. IDI provides free legal advice, representation, and referrals to members of the NYU community, including students and staff, who are at risk of deportation or who are otherwise in need of urgent legal immigration support. IDI also organizes Know Your Rights trainings and other community events in response to ongoing concerns with immigration policies and recent legal developments.



  •  Legal Screenings & Direct Representation: The Staff Attorney will be responsible for conducting screenings and consultations, and representing members of the NYU community in removal defense and/or affirmative applications and waivers as needed.
  • Referrals: The Staff Attorney will work closely with our pro bono law firm partners to refer cases for longer term representation and/or additional support.
  • Community Education: The Staff Attorney will conduct Know Your Rights trainings and present at community events. They will also be responsible for developing materials and advisories in relation to current and potential changes to immigration law and policy.
  •  Community Outreach & Support: The Staff Attorney will conduct broader outreach in the NYU community and will work closely with directly affected groups on campus, including undocumented students, to identify needs and provide additional support as needed.


  • A minimum of two years of experience working in removal defense is required.
  •  Experience with asylum law, family visas and related waivers is strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with student and employment visas, and naturalization applications is strongly preferred.
  • Must be comfortable with and interested in conducting Know Your Rights trainings and community presentations.
  •  Must be interested in working directly with students and other directly affected groups on campus.
  • Must be able to work independently without direct supervision.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a resume/CV and a cover letter describing their interest in the position and relevant experience to the Immigrant Defense Initiative Program Coordinator, Noelia Rodriguez, at