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Externships

TULANE EXTERNSHIPS

Please be advised that students are not permitted to enroll in the same academic year externship course more than once. For example, if you previously took the one semester corporate counsel externship, you cannot enroll in the corporate counsel externship again, even if it is with a different site. Similarly, once you’ve taken the yearlong judicial externship course in your 2L year, you cannot take a yearlong judicial externship course in your 3L even though it is with a different judge or court.

Generally, you will not be offered more than one experiential opportunity as a result of the ONEAPP process, although you may later enroll in simulation courses. Most clinics and externships do not allow co-enrollment. One exception is that it is possible to co-enroll in the Legislative Advocacy course and certain externships. However, because externship and clinic spots are limited, one student is not usually offered two opportunities concurrently.

Click HERE to watch the SummerApp & OneApp Infosession

OneApp is now CLOSED.  

The OneApp is now open for experiential learning programs requiring the submission of an application prior to enrollment. OneApp provides students the ability to rank their preferences among various academic-year experiential opportunities in one application. These opportunities include the externship courses and one spot with the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic (3Ls only), all of which count toward Tulane’s 6-credit experiential requirement and the New York Bar experiential requirement. The externship courses are:

  1. In-House & Corporate Counsel (Fall or Spring)
  2. Judicial (Year-Long)
  3. Public Service (Year-Long)
  4. Public Interest (Spring)

For a list of placements, click here.  

Find our OneApp FAQ here.

If you previously applied to a clinic for an early decision and have not accepted an offer to enroll in a clinic, you are free to use the OneApp to pursue the multiple other experiential opportunities listed there.

We are planning an information session on March 9, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. In Room 157 (Zoom TBD).

Contact Info

Pro Bono:

Professor Tonya Jupiter

Associate Director for Pro Bono and Advocacy Programs 

Suite 216
Phone: 504-865-5157
Email: tjupiter@tulane.edu

Externships: 

Professor Laila Hlass
Director of Experiential Learning
Professor of Practice

Suite 216
Phone: 504-862-8815
Email: lhlass@tulane.edu

Clinics: 

Lisa Lamonte, Manager

Suite 130
Phone: 504-865-5975
Email: llamonte@tulane.edu

Professor Stacy Seicshnaydre

Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Public Interest Programs

William K. Christovich
Professor of Law

Suite 216
Phone: 504-865-5158
Email: sseicshn@tulane.edu

Summer Externship Calendar

1.     Secure your placement;

2.     Ensure that your site completes the  Externship Site Approval Form (if your site is part of the regular academic year externship program this step is not required), and

3.     Complete the Summer Externship Acceptance Form

Overview

The summer externship course is a 3-credit, pass/c/fail course open to 2Ls and 3Ls based on experiential learning in the real world. While paired with a Tulane faculty member who supervises written coursework, student externs work at field placements around the world as lawyers in training to develop lawyering skills and professional responsibility.

The cost of the 3-credit summer externship course will be the cost of one credit hour of tuition, and you should reach out to the office of financial aid to determine if you are eligible to receive financial aid support during the summer.

Unlike the process for academic-year externship courses, summer externs will independently secure their externship placement site before being accepted in the summer externship course. In order to participate in the summer externship program, students must: 

Approved sites must:

For more information about this program, see the summer 2022 Externship Faq . Applications for externship credit will open February 1 and close March 31. For questions regarding whether a potential placement may qualify for externship credit, please email externlaw@Tulane.edu.

  • Feb. 1 – March 31: you must have completed the Summer Externship Application (even if you don’t have a summer placement confirmed).
  • Feb. 1 – April 22: you must:
  • April 25, 12:00 – 1:00 pm: attend the mandatory Summer Externship Orientation Program.
  • May 16 – July 28: during the 4- to 6-week externship fieldwork and course period you’ve designated with Tulane and your site, you will complete fieldwork and complementary coursework with your assigned Tulane externship faculty member.
    1. Apply to be accepted into the program between Feb. 1 to March 31;
    2. Work 135 hours in a 4- to 6- week period between May 16 – July 28;
    3. Ensure their site completes the externship site approval form, to determine if the site fits within Tulane’s eligibility requirements, unless the site is at one of Tulane’s academic-year externship sites listed here:
    1. Be a nonprofit, government office, judicial chambers, or general counsel’s office within a corporation
    2. Have a supervisor who has been barred for a minimum of 3 years; that there will be sufficient and regular supervision and oversight of the extern
    3. Assign students substantive lawyering tasks
    4. Comply with program requirements including approving electronic timesheets and providing a final evaluation of the student.

Yearlong and Fall/Spring Externships:

tulane externship courses involve a 3-credit pass/c/fail fieldwork course requiring 135 hours of field work per semester. during the academic year, students take a co-requisite, one credit graded seminar. applications for academic year externships are included in the oneapp, which is open every spring. you may not enroll in the same externship course twice. for example, if you enroll in the yearlong judicial externship course (and the co-requisite seminar) in your 2l year, you may not apply for a yearlong judicial externship in your 3l year.

work for credit for a legal organization in new orleans.

get a real-world experience in new orleans’ diverse legal community while earning credit and performing complimentary coursework under the supervision of tulane faculty. the possibilities are boundless: public interest organizations, government agencies, judicial chambers, and in-house corporate counsel. you could be drafting legal opinions, interviewing vulnerable clients, researching novel issues in law, or shadowing an attorney at trial. the link below lists third-year year-long public service externship placement information:

sites offering opportunities for externship placement 

public interest externship (yearlong and spring semester)

advocate for clients facing eviction, domestic violence, deportation and other urgent civil and criminal needs from placements with offices including the orleans public defender, southeast louisiana legal services, and the southern poverty law center. see potential sites here.

the spring public interest externship consists of 3 credits of p/c/f fieldwork and 1 credit for the graded seminar; all 4 credits are experiential. the yearlong public interest/service externship course contains 6 credits of p/c/f fieldwork credit, as well as 1 credit of the graded seminar in the fall only; all 7 credits are experiential.

judicial externship

clerk at a trial or appellate court in the louisiana or federal court system and explore issues related to the roles of the judge and the judicial intern. the yearlong judicial externship contains 6 credits of p/c/f fieldwork credit, as well as 1 credit of the graded seminar in the fall only; all 7 credits are experiential.

in-house & corporate counsel externship

learn the ropes of serving as in-house counsel in a corporate setting, including at the saints, entergy, the sun belt conference, sewerage & water board of new orleans, and the port of new orleans. the corporate counsel externship is one semester, offered in the fall and spring. the course contains a 3 credit p/c/f fieldwork course, as well as a one credit graded seminar; all 4 credits are experiential.

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