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Louisiana Circuit Court of Appeals

Field Placement Supervisor
Judges and Law Clerks of the Circuit Court of Appeal

Field Placement Offices
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals - 400 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals - 100 Derbigny Street, Gretna, LA 70053

Field Placement Website
Fourth Circuit - http://www.la4th.org/
Fifth Circuit - http://www.fifthcircuit.org/ 

Description of Field Work
An extern in an appellate court is guided by the judge and law clerks for specific assignments. Many of the assignments include research and writing specifically internal bench memoranda addressing issues of law appealed. On occasion, an extern may have an opportunity experience a first draft opinion drafting. Students should expect a quiet setting with a heavy focus on reading trial transcripts and conducting research. The enviroment is structured based on each judge's preference. Many externs experience a deeper appreciation of the appellate process and the importance of judicial decision-making. Courtroom exposure is limited to cases assigned to the appellate docket. Most of the experience is set in the chambers or the library. Unique to the appellate court is contact with the judge and law clerks, a deeper understanding of the judicial process at the appellate level.  Externs improve research and writing skills  and tend to build confidence by understanding the role of the appellate judge.   

Externship Requirements
All students interested in appellate work are encouraged to apply.  Civil law students or common law students who have taken code classes are preferred. 

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:  Louisiana Civil Procedure.

Application Process
Apply in early January through early April for a summer placement. 

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