Clinic, Externships and Experiential Programs
There are a number of experiential opportunities at the Law Center that provide students with the opportunity to earn credit while learning through practice. The Law Center’s location in Baton Rouge, the State Capital and Louisiana’s largest city, offers tremendous advantages to placing students with state and local governmental agencies and courts where students can experience the real practice of law through a structured academic setting.
Through the Law Clinic, the Law Center offers second and third-year students the opportunity to practice law and represent indigent clients in the Baton Rouge community. The Law Clinic is analogous to a residency in medical school where, under close faculty supervision, students practice by representing real clients with important legal issues. Students practice in local courts, before administrative agencies and other venues. The Law Clinic is a self-contained legal services office located in the Law Center where students are certified to practice law pursuant to Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XX. Current offerings include a Family Law Clinic, an Immigration Law Clinic, a Juvenile Defense Clinic, a Civil Mediation Clinic, and a Homelessness Advocacy Clinic. More clinical offerings are planned in the future.
There are also numerous Externship opportunities including the Judicial Externship Program that places students as judicial ‘law clerks’ in state and federal courts; the Governmental Externship that places students with the Attorney General’s Office and other state and local agencies; and the Public Interest/Non-Profit Externship which places students with local agencies serving marginalized populations and the legal interests of the poor. The Law Center also offers students the opportunity to tailor an externship experience to their own specific interest through the Individualized Externship Program and offers an Externship during the summer session.
The LSU Law Clinic is a recipient of a Models for Change Program Grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Important Dates for Summer 2013 Externship Applications
Important Dates for Fall 2013 Clinic and Externship Applications