United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District


Field Placement Supervisor
Emily Greenfield, Assistant U.S. Attorney

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

Field Placement Website


Description of Field Work

About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office serves as the principal litigator for its judicial district and is responsible for coordinating multiple agency investigations within the district. The United States Attorney has the responsibility and authority to prosecute violations of federal criminal statutes, defend the government in civil actions, seek the enforcement of a variety of civil enforcement statutes, and institute proceedings for the collection of fines and penalties among other things.

Job Description: 

Typical assignments will include assisting with all aspects of case preparation including: researching legal issues, drafting/writing motions and responses and various pleadings, providing trial support to Assistant United States Attorneys, and assembling exhibits for trial. Students also observe trials in the District Court and appellate arguments at the United States 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. Summer positions require a 40-hour-per-week commitment. Term-time positions require students to commit to both Fall and Spring placements. A commitment of 2 - 3 days per week is required. A background check will be performed on all accepted students.

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
Applications for Summer 2018 positions are due February 2, 2018 and are available at https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/law-student-volunteer-summer-53.  

Applications for a term-time externship with this placement are due April 6, 2018.


Interested students should follow precisely the application instructions on the U.S. Attorney's Office website and also contact Prof. Linares at halinare@loyno.edu

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