Southern Poverty Law Center

Field Placement Supervisor

Sara Godchaux

Field Placement Office
1055 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 505
New Orleans, LA 70130

Field Placement Website

Description of Field Work
The Southern Poverty Law Center is "dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. Using litigation, education and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opporutnity will be a reality."  Students are encouraged to research the ongoing work of SPLC to fully understand the various research based projects or active litigation.  An extern's experience may differ depending upon the semester.  Most of the experience is assignment based and provides support to staff attorneys working on current research projects or active litigation. Students may have the opportunity to work on active litigation including discovery, interviews, class action, impact meetings and motion drafting.  Also students interested in policy work and legislative processes may have an opportunity to work with a staff attorney on reform issues. 

SPLC offers opportunities for students in the Fall and Spring semester.  


Externship Requirements
The Southern Poverty Law Center offers opportunities to exceptional second-year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law.

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 have to submit a cover letter, resume, transcript (unofficial transcript accepted), and writing sample to Prof. Linares. The cover letter should be addressed to:

Sara​ ​Godchaux
Staff​ ​Attorney
Southern​ ​Poverty​ ​Law​ ​Center
1055​ ​St.​ ​Charles​ ​Avenue,​ ​Suite​ ​505 
New​ ​Orleans,​ ​Louisiana​ ​70130

Loyola's application deadlines for the fall and spring semesters 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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