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Frequently Asked Questions – Field Placements

Below you will find answers to many of the questions you may have about participating in a field placement.


Who is eligible to participate in a field placement?
Field placements are open to both second and third-year students; however, students may only participate in one clinic or field placement per semester. First-year students are eligible to participate in the field placement program during the summer following their 1L year.

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What is the application process?
Students wishing to enroll a field placement must apply through the common application process for all Clinics & Field placements. In the joint application, students will be asked to rank their clinic and field placement preferences, provide a résumé and answer questions regarding relevant experiences and interests in their selections. The online application form will be made available on the website once the application period opens. Please note that the application period begins and ends several weeks prior to the registration period for all other classes.  As a result, interested students should plan ahead and keep an eye out for e-mails and announcements regarding the Clinics & Field placements application period each semester. An interview may be required.

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What is the selection criteria?
For most field placements, class rank and GPA are not considered, but you must have passed your first year writing class. Judicial field placements may take class rank and GPA into consideration.

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How many hours must students devote a field placement?
Students are required to devote a minimum of 150 hours for 3 credit hours and 100 hours for 2 credit hours.

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Are there any special scheduling requirements for a field placement?
Placements work with students to schedule their time at their field placements around their class schedules. In addition, there are weekly class meetings and/or individual meetings with the professor.

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Are there any special costs associated with doing a field placement?
Typically, the only expenses would be your travel-related costs (gas, parking, etc.) Additionally, you are expected to wear professional attire when participating in a field placement.

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What are the role and responsibilities of students?
This will vary based on the type of field placement and the specific placement within that area.

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How can I get answers to additional questions I have about the clinic?
You can contact Professor Jeffrey Brooks directly with questions at jeffbrooks@lsu.edu.