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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

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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