Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana



Field Placement Supervisor
Vanessa Spinazola

Field Placement Office
 4035 Washington Avenue, Suite 203 

New Orleans, Louisiana 70125

Field Placement Website

Description of Field Work
The Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana “responds to the needs of incarcerated and ex-incarcerated populations in Louisiana, who are marginalized by both social stigma and the difficulty of communicating outside of prison walls, while changing the way lawyers provide services to these individuals.” Externs at JAC can expect to assist attorneys with criminal expungements including legislative issues studying the impact of expungements in Louisiana. Students will also assist with post-conviction legal issues including researching, writing and assisting attorneys.

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

Interested students should contact Prof. Linares at halinare@loyno.edu to schedule an appointment. After speaking with Prof. Linares, students will be directed to fill out the Externship Application available at http://law.loyno.edu/externships. Once cleared by OSEL to apply, students will be given instructions on submitting application materials to the placement.

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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