Field Placement Supervisor
Judges and Law Clerks of the Civil District Courts
Field Placement Office
24th Judicial District - 200 Derbigny Street, Gretna, LA 70053 - (Some civil and criminal)
Orleans Civil District Court - 421 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130 - (Strictly civil)
22nd Judicial District - 701 N. Columbia Street, Covington, LA 70433 (family, civil, criminal)
- 40th Judicial District - Edgard, Louisiana
Field Placement Website
- 24th Judicial District (Jefferson/Gretna)
- Orleans Civil District Court
- 22nd Judicial District Court (St. Tammany/Covington)
- 40th Judicial District (Edgard Louisiana)
Description of Field Work
This experience is an opportunity to observe many aspects of the trial court from motion practice, discovery disputes to jury trials. An extern placed at the trial court will observe court proceedings and see witness testimony, evidentiary rules, civil procedure, contracts, torts, and professional responsibility issues in context. The trial court docket includes a heavy caseload so the experience will vary depending upon what is set before the court. Externs are placed in one judicial chamber and will receive assignments from the judge or law clerks. Many times assignments include research and writing internal memos for the judge or drafting judicial orders. Students will understand how to read a docket, review pleadings, motions and orders. In a trial court, the extern will assist the law clerk with case management, including settlement and status conferences with the parties. The extern may also assist the court with discovery disputes, pre-trial conferences and motions, in addition to involvement with non-jury and jury trials. Most district courts hear both civil and criminal matters; Orleans Civil District Court hears strictly civil matters. Students who are unsure what direction they would like to pursue in the law may find this experience very beneficial because there are many opportunities to observe various fields of practice.
All interested students are encouraged to apply.
Don't delay as opportunities will fill fast.
Apply in early January through early April for a summer placement.