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Criminal District Court for the Parish of Orleans

Field Placement Supervisor

Judges and Law Clerks of Orleans Parish Criminal Court 

Field Placement Office
2700 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA  70119

Field Placement Website

Description of Field Work
Many attorneys refer to the Orleans Parish Criminal Courthouse as "Tulane and Broad" as the court is located at this intersection. This courthouse tries more cases than any other court in the city, so at any time during the week students may be able to observe various aspects of trial work.  This court only handles criminal matters and externs are placed in chambers with a district judge. The opportunties in chambers may include review of filings before the court and observing various court proceedings. For students interested in criminal law, this experience will help develop a better understanding of procedure and the chronology of a criminal case. Students will assist the law clerk or judge on the many tasks before the court and each experience various depending upon the docket. This is a fast pace environment and students need to be prepared to be self-directed learners and take initiative to learn in context. This is a great experience to observe and learn trial tactics while earning academic credit and learning in context.

Externship Requirements
All students interested in criminal law and criminal procedure are encouraged to apply.  

Application Process
Apply in early January through early April for a summer placement.  

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