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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
  Third-year Public Service Externship The Public Service Externship is an experiential learning program providing legal education and skills development in real-life settings.   Third-year students work and learn either in courts; public interest or nonprofit organizations; 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 expertise; 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.  Five credits are awarded for both fall and spring semesters; two credits are granted in the fall and three credits in the spring.  The course is graded Pass-D-Fail.  Students are required to work a minimum of 120 hours per semester at their field placements.  Two writing samples are required during the year.  In addition, students must submit six brief reflective pieces based on questions posed by their faculty supervisor.  While there is no traditional classroom requirement, students will participate in small group or individual meetings with their faculty supervisor and/or judge three times a semester.   As the largest group of externs, judicial externs will have a required group meeting, which in the fall 2011 semester will be Wednesday 5:00-6:00 in room 157.Students may not enroll in a year-long clinic while enrolled in the Public Service Externship.  However, simultaneous enrollment is permitted in semester-long clinics such as Legislative or Administrative Advocacy.
Upcoming Semester Offered
Fall 2016 and Spring 2017

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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