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Internal Revenue Service

Field Placement Supervisor
Kristen Nygren, Senior Attorney, Office of Chief Counsel

Field Placement Office
600 S. Maestri Place, Suite 947
New Orleans, LA  70130

Field Placement Website
www.irs.gov

Description of Field Work
This is a highly competitive placements.  Students should have an interest in tax and apply early.  If selected, an extern is placed in the New Orleans IRS office and mentored by the attorneys in that office.  Students are assigned a variety of tasks such as discovery, interviewing and fact gathering, practical drafting and observation with tax court. Students may have the opportunity to resolve small business matters, including

  • working directly with and interviewing tax payers;

  • performing legal research and writing;

  • exposure to the tax code and procedure;

  • recommending whether a case should settle or proceed to trial; 

  • visiting Tax Court; and

  • working with and providing relevant information to the IRS attorney.

Externs may also have the opportunity to appear before the Tax Court through the "Student Practice Program."  When Tax Court is in New Orleans, students may have the opportunity to present a case before the Tax Court judge.   

Externship Requirements
2Ls in the top 20% with strong writing skills who have an interest in tax law are encouraged to apply.

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 Loyola's many tax courses. 

Application Process
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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