Internal Revenue Service


Field Placement Supervisor
John Parchman, Senior Attorney, Office of Chief Counsel

Field Placement Office
600 S. Maestri Place, Suite 947
New Orleans, LA  70130

Field Placement Website

Description of Field Work
This is a highly competitive placement.  Students should have an interest in tax and apply early.  If selected, an extern is placed in the New Orleans IRS office and mentored by the attorneys in that office.  Students are assigned a variety of tasks such as discovery, interviewing and fact gathering, practical drafting and observation with tax court. Students may have the opportunity to resolve small business matters, including

  • working directly with and interviewing tax payers;

  • performing legal research and writing;

  • exposure to the tax code and procedure;

  • recommending whether a case should settle or proceed to trial; 

  • visiting Tax Court; and

  • working with and providing relevant information to the IRS attorney.

Externs may also have the opportunity to appear before the Tax Court through the "Student Practice Program."  When Tax Court is in New Orleans, students may have the opportunity to present a case before the Tax Court judge.   

Externship Requirements
2Ls and 3Ls in the top 25% with strong writing skills who have an interest in tax law are encouraged to apply. Students wiling to commit to a yearlong externship are preferred.

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 Loyola's many tax courses. 

Application Process

Interested students should contact Prof. Linares at to schedule an appointment. After speaking with Prof. Linares, students will be directed to fill out the Externship Application available at  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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