Louisiana Civil Justice Center

Field Placement Supervisor
Staff Attorneys at LCJC 

Field Placement Office
601 St. Charles Avenue 
New Orleans, LA  70130

Field Placement Website
http://laciviljustice.org/about-us/

Description of Field Work
Externs are placed at the Louisiana Civil Justice Center and are exposed to a variety of civil law issues.  Some of the field hours include assisting with self-help hours at both Orleans Parish Civil District Court and the 24th Judicial District in Gretna.  Students will work with an attorney to provide information and self-help forms directly to patrons of the self-help desk.  Students will learn practical aspects of domestic law civil forms, relationship-centered lawyering skills and receive intake specialist training.  There is also an opportunity to learn through the newly established medical/legal partnership working directly with an attorney in a local children's hospital and understand the civil legal services patients may need in this unique context.  Additionally students will participate in the legal hotline intake process interacting directly with those seeking legal services.   This is an opportunity to learn a large variety of practical lawyering skills in a non-profit and social justice setting. If you are interested in social justice and civil practice, this is an excellent opportunity to learn and network! 

Externship Requirements
Students who are interested in social justice and non-profit practice.   2L and 3L students are encouraged to apply and may participate for 1 or 2 credit hours. 

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:  Law and Poverty, Donations, Successions, Persons and Louisiana Civil Procedure. 

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 (cover letter, resume, writing sample, unofficial transcript) 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.

Note: Summer, Fall, and Spring placements at the Louisiana Civil Justice Center are also available through the Gillis Long Internship Program. For more information, visit http://www.loyno.edu/gillislong/internship-opportunities

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