Federal Public Defender's Office, Eastern District of LA

Field Placement Supervisor
Jerrod Thompson-Hicks

Field Placement Office
500 Poydras Street
Hale Boggs Federal Building, Suite 318
New Orleans, LA 70130

Field Placement Website

Description of Field Work
The Office of the Federal Public Defender is an organization of criminal defense attorneys representing individuals charged with federal crimes in the Eastern District of Louisiana. This opportunity enables students to gain a better understanding of the major issues involved with criminal law practice in federal court and the federal criminal justice system. In addition to legal research and writing tasks, externs can observe various criminal court proceedings and attend jail house visits. This experience will also provide work experience and networking opportunities with other public defenders.  

Externship Requirements
Students interested in criminal law and criminal procedure are encouraged to apply. 

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:  Trial Advocacy, Trial Practice Seminar, Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Federal Criminal Law. 

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 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.

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