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United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District


Field Placement Supervisor
Erin Serio, Human Resources Officer

Field Placement Office
650 Poydras Street, Suite 1600
New Orleans, LA  70130

Field Placement Website


Description of Field Work
This opportunity enables students to gain a better understanding of the issues and function of the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Louisiana.  In addition to legal research and writing tasks which may include writing motions and performing research for appeals, externs will also observe various court proceedings including hearing oral arguments during motions and trials.  Typical assignments include assisting with all aspects of case preparation.  Students observe trials in the District Court and appellate arguments at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Externship Requirements
Students with strong legal research and writing skills and a minimal GPA of 3.0 are encouraged to apply. Students must commit to go into the office for two consecutive half days per week during the semester.  A background check will be performed on all accepted interns.

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:  Evidence, Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Federal Criminal Law, Trial Advocacy, Trial Practice Seminar.

Application Process
Don't delay as opportunities will fill fast. Begin to apply in September 2014 for Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 Placements.   

The deadline to apply for the Summer 2016 Externship with the U.S. Attorney's Office is January 18, 2016; the deadline to apply for a Fall 2015 Externship is March 1.

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