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Extern Programs

The judges of the Supreme Court of Louisiana, the United States District Court, the Office of the United States Department of Labor, the Office of the United States Coast Guard, the Office of the National Labor Relations Board, and the Office of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board have established extern programs in which the School of Law participates. Other courts or agencies may qualify for establishing new extern programs if, in the judgment of the associate dean of academic affairs, they meet the same standards for supervision and evaluation as do the existing extern programs.

First-year and second-year law students in the upper half of their class may apply to participate in the program during their next year of study. Enrollment is limited. The selection of the externs is made by the judges or supervising attorney.

The Loyola Law Clinic supervises the instruction and administration of the extern program. A student who qualifies and is accepted must obtain the consent of the Loyola Law Clinic to participate in an externship. There is a regular classroom component. In addition, the student must submit weekly journals and timesheets.

The extern must be willing to devote at least 12 – 15 hours a week to work assignments over two semesters, except for the examination period and preceding week.

It is anticipated that the extern will engage in the preparation of memoranda in connection with the business of the courts and agencies. The extern will learn basic administration and record keeping procedures of the court or agency. A participant may have an opportunity to sit in on arguments or motions on which he or she has worked or otherwise observe related proceedings.

Other Extern Programs

From time to time, other extern opportunities may be available through various government or nonprofit agencies which agree to abide by the above guidelines.

Updated August 18, 2005