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Tulane Law School strives to create opportunities that enhance our students' practical skillsets in order to better prepare them for their jobs following law school. Through partnerships with local legal professionals, alumni, employers and law school faculty, Tulane Law works to supplement the classroom experience with programs such as Intersession "Boot Camp", externships, judicial clerkships and pro bono opportunities.

Third-Year Public Service Externship

Course Description
  The Third-Year Public Service Externship is an experiential learning program providing legal education and skills development in real-life settings. Third-year students work and learn in a variety of public service settings: public interest or non-profit organizations, courts or government offices at the federal, state or local level. The Public Service Externship allows students to gain expertise in professional skills and problem-solving; study professionalism and the lawyers’ ethical requirements; examine lawyers’ roles in the delivery of justice and ensuring justice for all; develop specific lawyering skills or learn a specific area of law; explore career interests in a variety of legal fields and build a professional network; and provide service to the community and to the public at large. This is a year-long course. Five credits are awarded for both fall and spring semesters; three credits accrue in the fall and two credits in the spring term. Four of the total credits are classified as nonclassroom credits. The course is graded Pass-D-Fail. Students are required to work a minimum of 120 hours per semester at their field placements. One writing sample is submitted to the faculty supervisor each semester. In addition, students submit brief reflective pieces based on questions posed by their faculty supervisor. There is a classroom component, consisting of five classes, in addition to individual meetings with the faculty advisor, during the semester. Each semester, therefore, there is a pre-determined time slot for these required Externship Seminar meetings, which in the fall 2017 semester will be Wednesday 4:35- 5:50. Judicial externs will meet in Room 304. Students in public interest or public sector field placements will have periodic group meetings during the fall 2017 semester on Wednesday at 4:35- 5:50 in Room 357. Students generally may not enroll in a clinic while enrolled in the Public Service Externship. However, simultaneous enrollment is permitted in the Legislative & Administrative Advocacy Clinic. Environmental Law Clinic students must seek permission from the clinic before enrolling in the Public Service Externship program and are expressly prohibited from placements with a judge, state environmental agency, the public defender and prosecutor’s office; they may, however, enroll in other third-year externships after obtaining prior approval from the Environmental Clinic.
Upcoming Semester Offered
Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

Academic Programs Contact:
Office of Academic Services
Weinmann Hall, Suite 204
6329 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
tel 504.865.5935
fax 504.862.8373

Admission Contact:
Office of Admission
Weinmann Hall, Suite 203
6329 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
tel 504.865.5930
fax 504.865.6710

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