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LA 4th Circuit Court of Appeal - Central Staff

Field Placement Supervisor
Susan Peppard

Field Placement Office
410 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA  70130

Field Placement Website
http://la4th.org

Description of Field Work
Many times students do not realize the court does not function in isolation to the experience of a judicial chambers.  Many court personnel including staff attorneys assist in the overall day-to-day operation of judicial administration.  An extern in this experience is mentored by a staff attorney and will receive research and writing assignments specific to issues relevant to assist the court.  

Field work in the past has included:

  • using the law library, Lexis, and Westlaw to research code articles, revised statutes, and case law relevant to applications for supervisory writ;

  • determining the relevant legal and/or factual issue(s) in the writ applications;

  • establishing whether the case law cited in the applications for supervisory writ is on point and has been interpreted correctly;

  • ensuring the proper standard of review is utilized when making recommendations  concerning the writ applications;

  • analyzing relevant cases to the issues and facts in each writ application to determine the correct recommendation;

  • preparing legal memos to assist staff attorneys in drafting supervisory writ application recommendations for the court.

Externship Requirements
Rising 3L students in the top 20% of their class with an interest in civil law are encouraged to apply.

Application Process
Don't delay as opportunities will fill fast. Apply in early January through early April for a summer placement.

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