Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office

Field Placement Supervisor

Mary Clauss
Operations Manager
District Attorney’s Office
Jefferson Parish

Field Placement Office

200 Derbigny St., 
Gretna, LA 70053

Field Placement Website

Description of Field Work
Students are placed in the District Attorney's office and will have an opportunity to research specific issues relevant to criminal cases set on the court's docket wherein an assistant district attorney represents the State of Louisiana. Students will have an opportunity to observe trial and extern along side attorneys as they prepare for trial. 

Externship Requirements
Students with an interest in criminal law and procedure 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 following courses the same semester as enrolled in this externship: Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Trial Advocacy, Criminal Law Seminar.

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. Students will have to submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample via email to The cover letter should include your goals (i.e., what you hope to get out of the experience) and the desired dates and hours you would like to work there. 

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.

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