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United States Coast Guard

Field Placement Supervisor
LT Case Colaw
Staff Attorney
Eighth Coast Guard District

Field Placement Office
Hale Boggs Federal Building
500 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70130  

Field Placement Website 

Description of Field Work
Externs will be involved with substantive legal work and will be supervised by a practicing attorney.  Externs may work in all Coast Guard practice areas, including criminal law/military justice, operations, international activities, civil advocacy, claims and litigation, internal organizational law, contract law, environmental law, regulations and administrative law, legislative support and legal assistance. 

Externship Requirements
All students are encouraged to apply.  Note: If selected, this office requires a background check and students must ensure they are cleared to extern before the date the externship is set to begin.  

Application Process
Apply in early January through early March for a summer placement. Apply in early March through June for a Fall or Spring placement. Externship applications are processed on a first come first serve basis. 

Required application materials include:


Transcript (unofficial is fine)

Writing sample

Cover letter

*Letters of Recommendation are not required but are encouraged.


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