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The Independent Police Monitor's Office

Field Placement Office
525 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA  70130

Field Placement Website
http://nolaipm.org

Description of Field Work
The Independent Police Monitor (IPM) of New Orleans is looking for motivated and intelligent  legal interns, interested in joining our dedicated team. The IPM is doing cutting edge work in a very exciting environment.

The IPM monitors the process by which the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) investigates allegations of misconduct by its employees in order to determine if the process is timely, thorough and fair. It collects and analyzes data about complaints and police operations in order to identify problem areas and their root causes and makes those analyses public. The IPM encourages constructive and informed public dialogue about systemic issues of police policy and procedure by making recommendations for reform that meet best practices nationwide, and it conducts extensive community outreach.

The primary duties of law school interns are to conduct research, analyze data, and prepare reports on policy issues related to police oversight and misconduct, as well as preventing and detecting fraud and abuse. Interns will conduct legal research and writing under the direction of the IPM. They will also conduct complaint intake after appropriate training. Interns will review completed investigations of complaints of misconduct against NOPD police to determine whether the investigations performed by the NOPD Public Integrity Bureau comply with substantive and procedural due process standards. They may assist with community outreach events designed to disseminate information about the agency and its function and with drafting outreach literature. The internship is designed to provide students with experience in legal research and writing and also with practical skills such as case assessment, analysis, interviewing and community organization.

Externship Requirements
All interested students are encouraged to apply.  Those with an interest in employment law, criminal law, constitutional law, constitutional criminal procedure and civil rights are encouraged to apply.  This placement requires students to report twice a week with a two credit commitment. 

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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