Extern Program Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions and answers about the Clinical Externship. If these do not answer your question, feel free to e-mail Prof. Cerniglia Brown at cecernig@loyno.edu

What is the difference between an internship and externship? 

Commonly students and practitioners use the term “internship” and “externship” as interchangeable, however the opportunities are very different: An internship is a volunteer opportunity and a student does not receive academic credit. In contrast, in an externship a student earns academic credit while assigned to a pre-approved Field placement office. Pre-approval is necessary to ensure student learning objectives are set prior to the externship, as well as expectations for both the Field supervisor and student. After approval, students in an externship are supervised by the field supervisor as well as the professor during the required class time. Students shall fulfill both field placement and classroom assignments in order to earn academic credit.

When do I sign up for a Clinical Externship?

The Field Placement Manual highlights the timeframe for the application process as well as when students should begin researching externship opportunities. Students are encouraged to apply at the beginning of the spring semester of the academic year prior for placement in the following fall.  The application timeline and deadlines are announced through the externship web page, as well as on the SBA calendar.  

What are the requirements?

All of the requirements are specifically listed in the Field Placement Manual as well as Professor Brown's syllabus.  You should refer to both to fully understand the specific requirements. Generally, when a student is accepted into the course the student must complete field placement hours as well as academic course work.  Currently, students must make a commitment for two semesters and may earn either one or two credits provided the Field Placement office agrees and Prof. Brown approves. Students are not permitted to have outside employment unless specifically authorized by the Field Placement Supervisor and Prof. Brown. Class participation is required and includes submission of weekly journals and timesheets, selected readings, discussions, and student presentations.

How many credit hours will I receive?

Generally, the externship is offered as a two credit course.  However, in some circumstances the externship may be structured as a one credit criteria.  Each credit represents 60 hours of work at the extern placement, plus class participation.

Who may apply for an externship? 

Students should research each externship opportunity and view the requirements for each Field Placement Office. 

What are the current approved Field Placement Offices?

  • Louisiana Supreme Court (by private invitation only)
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District (3L only)
  • Federal Public Defender's Office (2L and 3L)
  • United States Attorney's Office (2L and 3L)
  • Office of the Judicial Administrator (2L and 3L)
  • Administrative Law Judge for the US Department of Labor (2L and 3L)
  • Louisiana Disciplinary Board (2L and 3L)
  • National Labor Relations Board (3L only)
  • United States Bankruptcy Trustee (2L and 3L)
  • United States Coast Guard (3L)
  • Capital Appeals Project (3L)
  • Louisiana Workforce Commission (2L and 3L)
  • Louisiana Civil District Court Judge (2L and 3L)
  • Louisiana Supreme Court (by private invitation only)
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District (3L only)
  • Federal Public Defender's Office (2L and 3L)
  • United States Attorney's Office (2L and 3L)
  • Office of the Judicial Administrator (2L and 3L)
  • Administrative Law Judge for the US Department of Labor (2L and 3L)
  • Louisiana Disciplinary Board (2L and 3L)
  • National Labor Relations Board (3L only)
  • United States Bankruptcy Trustee (2L and 3L)
  • United States Coast Guard (3L)
  • Capital Appeals Project (3L)
  • Louisiana Workforce Commission (2L and 3L)
  • Louisiana Civil District Court Judge (2L and 3L)