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The Advocacy Center

Field Placement Supervisor
Sarah Voigt, Legal Director 

Field Placement Office
8325 Oak Street
New Orleans, LA  70118 

Field Placement Website

Description of Field Work
This office handles various types of cases to advocate on behalf of those who are entitled to benefits under the law.  The types of cases include public benefits (Medicaid, Medicare), special education, advocacy for rights of residents of institutions, including nursing homes, cases involving issues of inaccessibility or discrimination, community integration, and issues related to self determination. The office also handles some class actions and impact litigation. 

The Advocacy Center assigns externs such tasks as: 

  • Conduct legal research, including factual investigations when necessary;

  • Assist attorneys in other areas of case-handling;

  • Some client contact and attendance at administrative or court hearings with attorneys if this is of interest to the student.

The significant portion of the experience includes legal and factual research on a variety of interesting assignments and projects including some short and long term assignments.  The assignments in this externship will expose students to different perspectives of the law including policy initiatives, advocacy and litigation.

Externship Requirements

The Advocacy Center will consider law student legal interns who have completed at least one year of law school and who have a demonstrated interest in working on behalf of people with disabilities and/or public interest law.  

Course recommendations: 

Students may want to "tether" a doctrinal upper level elective to this externship experience.  For a tethered experience, the Office of Skills and Experiential Learning recommends  students enroll in any of following courses the same semester as enrolled in this externship:  Administrative Law, Louisiana Civil Procedure, Gender Discrimination, Law and Poverty, Health Care I or II. 


Application Process

Don't delay as opportunities will fill fast. Apply in early January through early April for a summer placement. The Office of Skills seeks to place all summer extern applications in by April 20th with finalized placements set by May 1st.  Apply in early March through June for a Fall or Spring placement. All externship applications for Fall should be submitted by July 31st.   Externship applications are processed on a first come first serve basis. 


Note: Summer, Fall, and Spring placements at The Advocacy Center are also available through the Gillis Long Internship Program. For more information, visit 


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