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Life in New Orleans

New Orleans is a vibrant city on its own, and its legal community is just as active. A number of regional and national firms have offices in New Orleans, as do many large, medium, and boutique law firms based in Louisiana.

The College of Law offers many different areas of focus to serve a diverse population of corporations, entrepreneurs, environmental interests, entertainers, local and federal government agencies, military needs, international interests, families, and the community at large.

A major center for the federal and state judicial systems, New Orleans is the perfect place to make connections and launch your legal career. There are plenty of opportunities to learn from practicing attorneys while serving the local community. Get involved with local courts and gain real-world experience. A Loyola Law degree is a path to unparalleled achievements. New Orleans, with its traditions and exciting landscape, serves as the perfect backdrop for learning and working toward justice.

New Orleans courthouses

A Guide to the Courts of the Crescent City

New Orleans is a major center for the federal and state judicial systems. At the state level, it is the home of the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and numerous district courts with civil and criminal jurisdiction. At the federal level, it is the home of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, as well as various federal administrative courts.

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A Loyola law student externs in a Louisiana courtroom


Loyola students have externed at nearly a hundred placements over the past few years. Here are a few places where our students have worked.


Propeller is a nonprofit organization that helps entrepreneurs grow their nonprofits and small businesses to tackle social and environmental disparities in New Orleans. Students connect with clients through Propeller to help local start-ups organize their legal entities, develop contracts, and prepare for outside financing.

New Orleans BioInnovation Center

The BioInnovation Center is a nonprofit business incubator dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship and supporting Louisiana innovators as they develop life-saving technologies. Students assist with issues such as protecting intellectual property, raising early stage capital, applying for grants, and launching products.

Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center

GNOFHAC is a nonprofit civil rights organization established in 1995 to eradicate housing discrimination. Externs are exposed to all aspect of the Center's work and are primarily assigned to legal research and writing tasks related to the Center's housing discrimination litigation and enforcement activities.

Independent Police Monitor

IPM of New Orleans monitors the process by which the police department investigates allegations of misconduct by its employees in order to determine if the process is timely, thorough and fair. Students conduct research, analyze data, and prepare reports on policy issues related to police oversight and misconduct, as well as preventing and detecting fraud and abuse.

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Asylum Office

The New Orleans Asylum office addresses the need of people who seek protection because they have suffered persecution or fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion. Students work alongside a supervisory officer in conducting interviews and gathering research.

The Pro Bono Project

The Pro Bono Project provides free, quality civil legal services to the underserved. Students work one-on-one with litigants who visit the Self-Help Resource Center for legal information regarding divorces, domestic issues, and custody, visitation and child support. Students also assist attorneys with the representation of clients.

History in the Making

New Orleans has stood at the intersection of major legal decisions and societal change for decades. Several important historical sites are scattered across the city. We encourage you to visit these landmarks and let them inform your legal education.

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We invite you to discover Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in person. Please contact the Admissions Office to schedule an individual visit or group information session to experience the sights and sounds of Loyola and New Orleans.

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