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Federal Public Defender's Office, Eastern District of LA

Field Placement Supervisor

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

Field Placement Website

Description of Field Work
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
Don't delay as opportunities will fill fast. Apply in early January through early April for a summer placement. The Office of Skills seeks to place all summer extern applications in by April 20th with finalized placements set by May 1st.  Apply in early March through June for a Fall or Spring placement. All externship applications for Fall should be submitted by July 31st.   Externship applications are processed on a first come first serve basis. 

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