DOJ ACCREDITED REPRESENTATIVES
To learn more about the DOJ Recognition and Accreditation Process, see DOJ R&A.
The Foundation relies heavily on volunteer work done by Accredited Representatives and seeks volunteers who are interested in becoming Accredited Representatives.
Accredited Representatives provide sorely-needed legal immigration services. Status as an Accredited Representative is a professional certification. Some legal service providers and law firms hire Accredited Representatives to work for them. Work done as an Accredited Representative provides practical experience for individuals who wish to work as paralegals or study law.
The Foundation provides a customized Accredited Representative training. By the end of the eight-week course, participants will be fully qualified to apply to become Accredited Representatives.
1 hour class twice a week - taught from four different locations - participants attend in person and online
2 hour clinic once a month
1 hour clinic discussion once a month after each clinic
Additional course requirements:
Complete weekly readings
Work on client cases weekly under attorney supervision - keep detailed list including work done & time spent on each case
Attend 2 immigration trainings (list of optional courses provided) - take detailed notes
Obtain two letters of recommendation
Undergo a background check
A passion for providing quality legal services
to immigrants, migrants, and refugees.
Strong writing skills
Attention to detail
No legal background is required
Free for individuals who commit to volunteer in monthly clinics for four months after completing the eight-week training course.
There is a fee for individuals who need training to work as Accredited Representatives for another organization and cannot commit to volunteer with the Foundation for six months.