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
The Advocacy Center of Louisiana protects, empowers, and advocates for the human and legal rights of people with disabilities and seniors living in Louisiana, in order that they may live an integrated life in the community, free from abuse, neglect and exploitation. 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

Interested students should contact Prof. Linares at to schedule an appointment. After speaking with Prof. Linares, students will be directed to fill out the Externship Application available at  Once cleared by OSEL to apply, students will be given instructions on submitting application materials to the placement.

Loyola's application deadlines for each semester are posted on the homepage of the Externship Program website. However, students should apply early as students are accepted on a rolling basis and placements may be filled prior to the application deadline.


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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