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Old 10-21-2008, 07:53 PM
 
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I am currently a law student at a fairly high ranking law school and looking for a summer [and possibly permanent] job in New Orleans but I'm not very familiar with the legal scene. I was just wondering if anyone can recommend any reputable law firms in the area that may be looking for clerks or associates or are at least open to hearing form law students....thanks!
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:27 PM
 
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LA uses the Napoleonic Code, not common law, so if you are not familiar with it, you are at a disadvantage. The usual advice is if you want to practice in LA, go to Law School in LA. Also, international students go to LAw School in LA b/c many countries use the Napoleonic Code.

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Old 10-22-2008, 03:25 AM
 
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Actually Louisiana does not use Napoleonic Code, the legal system of the state is simply based on civil law and follows the Louisiana Civil Code, which today is mostly based on Roman civil law traditions. Also, as far as I am aware LSU was the only law school in the country [I could be wrong but was told this by a Loyola grad practicing in New Orleans] that did confer a bachelor of civil law degree along with a J.D. which was only equal to one additional semester of law school and now I believe degree is only deemed a graduate diploma in civil law rather than an entirely separate bachelors degree. Again, as far as I know the private law schools in Louisiana decline to require students to study civil law and offer such courses only as an electives. I declined a scholarship to LSU, despite my desire to practice in Louisiana, but do plan on passing the Louisiana Bar Exam, which will eradicate the fact that I have not been formally educated with regard to the "Napoleonic Code". Thank you so much for your advice though and please let me know if you do have an answer to my original question!
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Old 10-22-2008, 04:23 AM
 
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LA uses the Napoleonic Code, not common law, so if you are not familiar with it, you are at a disadvantage. The usual advice is if you want to practice in LA, go to Law School in LA. Also, international students go to LAw School in LA b/c many countries use the Napoleonic Code.
I think the OP says he's not familiar with the law scene in La, meaning he has no connections, but it's obvious he's attending law school. I'm not a lawyer nor in the profession. La having Napoleonic law is just a fallacy...
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Old 10-22-2008, 09:55 AM
 
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When I was growing up in the 40s-50s with attorneys in the family, they talked about "Napoleonic code". Maybe they were reflecting pride in heritage?

All I was trying to do was help someone who seemed unfamiliar with LA law scene. Sorry if I offended you by trying to point out something you might not know. You can google "napoleonic code" to see how it applies to LA (which it does).

And after your answer, I will not be telling you who I know in the LA law scene.

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Old 10-23-2008, 04:45 AM
 
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When I was growing up in the 40s-50s with attorneys in the family, they talked about "Napoleonic code". Maybe they were reflecting pride in heritage?

All I was trying to do was help someone who seemed unfamiliar with LA law scene. Sorry if I offended you by trying to point out something you might not know. You can google "napoleonic code" to see how it applies to LA (which it does).

And after your answer, I will not be telling you who I know in the LA law scene.
I don't think anyone was offended by your post and I'm sure the poster can make his/her own legal contacts in La. without your help

Of course to this day there are still some obscure laws, but they aren't usually enforced.
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:20 AM
 
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Forced heirship and the usufruct still are.

The OP was asking fore help, clearly someone's is needed.
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