U.S. Department of Labor

Field Placement Supervisor
Honorable Lee J. Romero, Jr., Administrative Law Judge 

Field Placement Office
Office of Administrative Law Judges
United States Department of Labor
5100 Village Walk, Suite 200
Covington, LA 70433
(985) 809-5173

Field Placement Website

Description of Field Work
The mission of the Administrative Review Board is to issue "final agency decisions for the Secretary of Labor in cases arising under a wide range of worker protection laws, primarily involving environmental, transportation, and securities whistleblower protection; H-1B immigration provisions; child labor; employment discrimination; job training; seasonal and migrant workers; and federal construction and service contracts. The Board’s cases generally arise upon appeal from decisions of Department of Labor Administrative Law Judges or the Administrator of the Department’s Wage and Hour Division. Depending upon the statute at issue, the parties may appeal the Board’s decisions to federal district or appellate courts and ultimately to the United State Supreme Court. The Board’s mission is to issue legally correct, just, and timely decisions."

Students placed in this externship will work in the Covington office under Judge Romero who believes in a high degree of mentoring and apprenticeship style learning. Students will handle a variety of legal issues and assist Judge Romero by preparing bench memorandums. Many of the cases are tried in a small courtroom located at the office, so students will also have opportunities to observe trial and network with local attorneys. If you are interested in maritime or environmental law, this is a great opportunity to learn from an administrative perspective.

Externship Requirements
There is a two semester commitment for this opportunity.  Students interested in labor related fields encompassing maritime law, employment discrimination, government contracts, employee protection, workers' compensation, work incentive programs, immigration and wage and hour guarantees.

Course recommendations:
Students may want to "tether" a doctrinal upper level elective to this externship experience.  For a tethered experience, the Office of Skills and Experiential Learning recommends  students enroll in any of following courses the same semester as enrolled in this externship:  Administrative Law, Admiralty Seminar. 

Application Process

Interested students should contact Prof. Linares at halinare@loyno.edu to schedule an appointment. After speaking with Prof. Linares, students will be directed to fill out the Externship Application available at http://law.loyno.edu/externships. Once cleared by OSEL to apply, students will be given instructions on submitting application materials to the placement.

Loyola's application deadlines for each semester are posted on the homepage of the Externship Program website. However, students should apply early as students are accepted on a rolling basis and placements may be filled prior to the application deadline.

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