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