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22nd JDC Public Defender's Office

Field Placement Supervisors

Shannon Mese

Chanel Smith

Field Placement Office

402 North Jefferson Avenue

Covington, LA 70433

Description of Field Work

Students will assist attorneys by conducting legal research and writing memorandum relevant to client cases. They will attend court with attorneys. Additionally, they will be encouraged to review client’s discovery and attend attorney strategy sessions. When possible, students will be encouraged to attend substantive pre-trial motions and trials. Opportunities for interviewing clients in a jail setting may be available depending upon interest and experience.

Summer and/or Semester externships are available. The number of hours and days that you work are flexible, but must be coordinated with your supervisor. 


Externship Requirements

A strong interest in criminal law and criminal procedure is required. Students interested in criminal defense are especially encouraged to apply.

Course recommendations

Any student interested in the Criminal Defense Clinic during their third year of law school should strongly consider applying for this position. Students may want to “tether” a doctrinal upper level elective to this internship experience. For a tethered experience, students should consider enrolling in Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Louisiana Criminal Procedure, or a criminal law seminar.

Application Process

Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Externship applications are processed on a first come first serve basis.

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