The Parole and Re-entry Clinic is only offered during the 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 assist clinic clients under close faculty supervision.
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 necessary for their successful reentry into society.
In some semesters, students also serve as instructors in a paralegal training program sponsored by the Department of Corrections and teach inmates substantive law in topics such as Family Law, Civil Procedure, Torts, Constitutional Law, and Criminal Law and Procedure.
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.