Parole Assistance and Re-entry
The Parole and Re-entry Clinic is offered every fall semester and is open to both 2Ls and 3Ls (preference given to 3L students). Qualified 3L students are certified to practice law under Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XX. Enrollment is typically limited to only eight students who, under close faculty supervision, assist prisoners seeking early release and help prepare them for their successful return to their communities.
Students will travel to visit clinic clients at nearby correctional institutions including the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, Dixon Correctional Institution, Hunt Correctional Center, Rayburn Correctional Center and the Louisiana State Penitentiary for Women. Students interview and counsel clients, interview witnesses, conduct factual investigations, assist clients in their residence and reentry plans, prepare briefs and parole packets for filing, and advocate at hearings before the Louisiana Board of Pardons, Committee on Parole. Students will continue to assist clinic clients upon release in legal issues related to their successful reentry into society.
Students receive 3 academic credits for successful completion of the Parole and Re-entry Clinic. All 3 credits qualify toward the 6 experiential credits required for graduation.