Staff Attorney, Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project (Temporary, Bilingual)

The North Carolina Justice Center is a progressive research and advocacy organization dedicated to expanding opportunity and protecting the rights of low- and moderate-income individuals in North Carolina. For over 20 years, the Justice Center has been on the front lines in the courts, at the legislature, in the media, and in communities advocating for positive changes for poor and working North Carolinians. The Justice Center has played a primary role in most of the state’s major policy debates and successfully litigated hundreds of individual cases and class actions. The North Carolina Justice Center is seeking a temporary, bilingual Staff Attorney (expected duration of 18 months) to provide legal services, offer policy analysis/advocacy, and assist with litigation and outreach efforts on priority issues affecting the lives of low-income immigrants and refugees in North Carolina. The attorney will serve as a resource for advocates and partners across the state, including private attorneys, nonprofits, and government agencies.


  • J.D. and bar admission in North Carolina
  • Prior experience working with immigrant or refugee communities required.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to work independently, ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Excellent writing, legal research, and oral advocacy skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish and English required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and other legal case management software required.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, ability to recognize the barriers facing immigrant communities, and experience working with low-income individuals.
  • Some travel, evening, and weekend work is required.

The Justice Center offers skilled and committed co-workers, a competitive salary (minimum $49,000/annually DOE) and superior benefits to enhance staff quality of life including but not limited to: six weeks paid time off, paid maternity/paternity leave, twelve holidays, free parking in downtown Raleigh, retirement plan contribution and match, FSA, 100% paid high quality medical, disability, and life insurance coverage.

The Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for available positions. NCJC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

This position is open immediately and will fill quickly. To apply please send your cover letter, resume, and list of professional references (including at least one past supervisor) as a single PDF file that has your name in the title. Your email should have “Staff Attorney” in the subject line and be sent to

Law Student Intern, Workers’ Rights Project

The North Carolina Justice Center’s Workers’ Rights Project seeks a law student intern to support litigation and policy work during the summer of 2017.

The intern will support the work of WRP and other Justice Center attorneys who conduct civil litigation on behalf of North Carolina workers, with a focus on farmworkers and workers on temporary visas.  Along with staff from allied organizations, the intern will conduct outreach one night per week at migrant labor camps, so strong Spanish skills are strongly preferred.  The intern will be involved in legal research and writing, client interviews, legislative research, litigation support, assistance with lobbying efforts, and other duties that may be assigned from time to time.  Justice Center attorneys will make every effort to include the intern in a variety of experiences as they may be available including:  attending court hearings or depositions, conducting client interviews, attending legislative committee hearings, meeting with legislators, attending strategy sessions or meetings with ally organizations.

About the NC Justice Center
The Justice Center is North Carolina’s leading private, non-profit anti-poverty organization. Our mission is to alleviate poverty in North Carolina by ensuring that every household has access to the resources, services and fair treatment it needs to achieve economic security. In order to improve the ability of low-income families to access opportunity and share in the state's prosperity, the Justice Center pursues a broad policy agenda around the issues of affordable housing, transportation, workforce development and training, public education, supports for working families, consumer protections, immigrants' rights, access to health care, state budget allocations and state tax policy.  For more information, visit

Because we are a non-profit organization entirely dependent on grants and donations, we encourage you to apply for funding through your school and to explore other funding opportunities.  Funding from the Justice Center is dependent upon the availability of grants.

How to apply
To apply send a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position, resume, and professional references as a single PDF file that has your name in its title, and “WRP Law Internship” in the subject line to by March 3, 2017.

The Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer.  People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for available positions. The Justice Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.