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Jefferson Parish Public Defenders' Office


Field Placement Supervisor
Paul Fleming, Jr.


Field Placement Office
848 2nd Street, Third Floor 
Gretna, LA 70053

Field Placement Website 

Description of Field Work
Students are placed in the office of the Jefferson Parish public defender's office. This opportunity enables students to gain a better understanding of criminal procedure. Students will assist attorneys by conducting legal research relevant to a case proceeding. This opportunity provides students experience in a criminal justice setting to understand the many issues criminal defense attorneys handle in various proceedings. In addition to legal research and writing tasks, students will begin to learn the importance of factual investigation and building the theory of the case. This placements provides many opportunities to observe criminal court proceedings, possibly attend client interviews in a jail setting with the attorney and begin to understand the pace of practice.  This is a collaborative work environment and students will receive assignments from multiple attorneys. Students should be ready to receive assignments, show initative, perform task in a timely manner and understand the chronology of a criminal proceeding. This is a great opportunity as a primer for Loyola's criminal defense clinic available to 3L's.

Externship Requirements
Students interested in criminal law and criminal 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,  Criminal Law Seminar.  

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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