Due to COVID-19 the Career Development Office will be open remotely during the Spring Semester and will be available during regular business hours (8:30am-4:45pm). We will offer counseling appointments, answer questions, and review application documents via video conferencing software, email, and/or the telephone. Symplicity will also remain available and students may schedule career advising appointments on Symplicity. Be sure to check Symplicity as employers may also post open positions on Symplicity during this time. Please direct any questions to email@example.com.
Working while you are in law school or during your summer breaks builds legal experience, broadens your professional network, helps refine your interests, and leads to valuable post-graduate job opportunities. We're here to assist you in identifying positions in the areas of practice you want to explore - and to help you build the skills for a successful job search.
The Career Development Office offers students a variety of services, starting in your first year, designed to maximize employment opportunities. Our services include resume and cover letter review, assistance in choosing a writing sample, mock interview opportunities, advice regarding networking and building a professional network, and assistance in identifying and connecting with legal employers. We also work with students to secure post-graduate employment in the legal field and in other alternative career areas.
To schedule an appointment with a career advisor, please log on to your Symplicity account.
If you are unable to find an appointment time on Symplicity that fits with your schedule, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (504) 861- 5562.
Summer Public Interest Grants
Every year, the College of Law provides funding to enable students to spend the summer building their legal skills while practicing law in the public interest.
In the summer of 2019, the College of Law provided approximately $240,000 in funding to support 56 students who interned at legal services providers, non-profits, and government agencies working in the areas of civil, criminal, immigration, and environmental law.
Civil Legal Services
The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center provides funding for 1Ls and 2Ls to spend the summer providing free civil legal services to low income individuals. Interns work in legal aid offices around the state of Louisiana and, in some circumstances, in other states. Interested students should contact Christina Luwisch for more information.
The Center for Environmental Law funds the Gauthier-St. Martin Student Service Grant to defray living expenses for a significant service placement in the U.S. or abroad for service related to law and policy in the field of environmental protection, natural resources, or energy.
Applications for the Gauthier-St. Martin Student Service Grant are accepted and awards are made on a rolling basis. Funding is limited, so interested students should contact Marianne Cufone or Professor Rob Verchick to discuss their plans.
Criminal Justice & Immigration Law
With the support of generous donors, the College of Law is able to provide summer funding to students interested in working in the areas of criminal justice and immigration. Interest applicants must have already secured an internship with a qualifying organization, including a District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender Office, or a nonprofit organization that provides direct legal services to indigent defendants. Organizations providing direct legal services in immigration law may also qualify.
Interested students should contact Diana Mercer for more information.
Judicial clerkships are among the most prestigious and competitive employment opportunities available to recent graduates. Usually lasting one to two years, a judicial clerkship is an excellent way to bridge the gap between law school and the practice of law. Judicial clerkships experiences are also highly valued by employers, who hire clerks because of the clerk’s in depth legal knowledge of the court system and the ability to view court cases from a judge’s perspective. Law clerks work in a variety of court settings, including in federal and state trial and appellate courts, administrative law courts, and tribal courts.
2019-2020 Federal Clerks
Leila Abu Orf: Hon. Jane Triche Milazzo, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
Alec Andrade: Hon. Ivan L.R. Lemelle, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
Perry Graham: Hon. Carl J. Barbier, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
Jeffrey Surprenant, Hon. Jay C. Zainey, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
Shienna Normand, U.S. Department of Labor
Rachel Waters-Hilty, U.S. Department of Labor
Allison Payne, Department of Veterans Affairs, Board of Appeals
2019-2020 State Court Clerks
Meaghan Jeansonne, Hon. J. Sterling Snowdy, 40th Judicial District Court, Louisiana
Kamal Packer, Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, Central Staff Office
Timeline for Clerkship Applications
Under the new federal hiring clerk plan effective this year, class of 2020 students (this year's 2Ls) will not be permitted to register on OSCAR until February 6, 2019. However, not all federal judges use OSCAR and some many hire later than this deadline and some may hire earlier. Therefore, 2L students intending to apply for post-graduate clerkships should be readying application materials and requesting letters of recommendation during the fall semester so that they can be ready to apply in February all at once to those judges who are using OSCAR and to those who are not using OSCAR. We encourage students to come speak to us early in fall semester so that we can identify whether an earlier application is warranted and to discuss the application process.
State court hiring varies from state to state and court to court. Generally, however, students should plan to apply to state Supreme Court positions in the summer after the 2L year, appellate courts in the summer after 2L year/Fall of 3L year, and trial courts in fall/spring of the 3L year. We have many resources about state court hiring in other states, as well as Louisiana and encourage students interested in state court clerkships to come see us by the end of 2L Spring semester, at the latest, to plan an individualized application strategy.
The CDO pays postage and provides resume paper and envelopes for all paper clerkship applications.
There are a variety of public interest fellowships available to law students who are interested in pursuing public interest law at graduation. Typically, fellowships are one- to two-year opportunities designed to give recent law graduates experience in public interest practice. A short-term public interest fellowship provides opportunities to practice law that further the interests of the entire public or advocate on behalf of disenfranchised groups. Students may also secure fellowships while in law school. Loyola offers several fellowships exclusively to Loyola graduates.
Loyola Post-Graduate Public Interest Fellowships
The postgraduate internship program offers full-time, short-term employment opportunities to recent Loyola law graduates waiting for results from the Louisiana Bar Examination. Postgraduate interns work for eight weeks, earning $4,200.00. Postgraduate interns will work with local legal services offices. Paid interns gain invaluable legal experience and skills while assisting the indigent in our community.
The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services sponsor a recent Loyola College of Law graduate who works for one year in one of SLLS' six offices, serving the unmet legal needs of the community.
The Incubator Program is an opportunity for Loyola Law School graduates who are engaged (or seek to be engaged) in a full time, social justice oriented solo practice in the Greater New Orleans area. Participants will receive instruction, case referrals, mentorship, peer feedback, and access to a wide variety of resources including office space. With a requirement that at least of 1/4 of time be spent on cases that fall into the “justice gap”, participants will accept pro bono referrals for individuals who are at or below 200% of the poverty line and will receive a $6,000.00 stipend to support the year of pro bono work.
National Public Interest Fellowships
Several foundations and employers offer public interest fellowship opportunities. Students interested in post-graduate fellowships should meet with the Career Development Office in the Spring Semester of the 2L year, at the latest, and plan to work on fellowship applications during the summer following the 2L year of law school. Students should be ready to apply by early fall semester of the third year. Please note that most fellowship applications require significant advance planning and research.
For more information, see:
American Bar Association Fellows Programs: https://www.americanbar.org/diversity-portal/DiversityScholarships.html
ABA Fellowships: https://abaforlawstudents.com/start-your-legal-career/law-student-internships-fellowships-and-clerkships/
Equal Justice Works: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/
Immigrant Justice Corps: http://justicecorps.org/
Skadden Foundation: https://www.skaddenfellowships.org/
Soros Justice Fellowships: https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/soros-justice-fellowships
Check back here for the 2020 graduate employment survey!