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Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy

Field Placement Supervisor
Colette Pichon Battle

Field Placement Office
620 Oak Harbor Blvd., Ste. 203
Slidell, LA 70458

Field Placement Website

Description of Field Work
Through human rights-based legal services, community training, local leadership development and grassroots advocacy, GCCLP works to create structural balance in policies and practices that produce disparate impacts on marginalized groups. GCCLP’s long-term work addresses intersecting visions of Climate Justice, Migrant Rights, Land Sovereignty and Economic Opportunity for Gulf Coast communities on the frontlines of climate change. 

The Law Student Advocate will be responsible for assisting GCCLP Legal Service staff, delivery of legal services and other tasks typical in a corporate legal department. S/he will work on cases dealing with immigration and Asylum law, disaster relief processes, tribal land rights that impact coastal communities on the frontline of climate change. Interns have the opportunity for extensive client contact, participate in all stages of case development, and accompany the staff attorneys to court hearings. Law students work on many aspects of potential and ongoing cases, such as: Drafting memoranda addressing the merits of a case, meeting with interviewing plaintiffs and witnesses, and drafting complaints and briefs, Student Intern may be also asked to analyze the constitutionality of pending legislation or help with discovery. Student reports to the Director of Legal Services.

Job duties and responsibilities:

  1. Direct client interview and intake;
  2. Review and revise (as necessary) legal documents;
  3. Researching specific legal issues and employ best practices and reporting those findings;
  4. Draft legal brief, routine contracts and agreements;
  5. Participate in the development of training materials in the areas of immigration, human rights and property law; and,
  6. Work with legal teams to solve other problems as they arise. 

Externship Requirements

 Very strong research, writing and communication skills;

 A demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and civil rights issues;

 Students who have studied constitutional law are preferred; 

 Maintain case files in accordance with program policy, prepare periodic case reports as required;

 Help in researching potential donors and grant opportunities; and

 Help maintain client records and legal databases.

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. 


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