University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2016

Course Description
Most laws that Congress passes require implementation. For a very wide
variety of areas the instrument of that implementation is a federal
agency. As a result, in the United States a multitude of governmental
agencies exercise authority over the economy, and over the lives of every
American. These agencies have the power to make legally binding rules
(aka "regulations" or "red tape"), to issue valuable permits and licenses,
to levy fines, and to adjudicate. Indeed, one agency, the Social Security
Administration, decides more cases every year than all the state and
federal courts combined.

This is a course about laws and rules that bind federal agencies, and thus
about the extent to which federal agencies can make rules and decisions
that bind us. It surveys the means by which people (and their lawyers)
can challenge or influence administrative exercises of authority in the
face of often broad or ambiguous delegations of authority from Congress
and in particular how and when agency decisions are subject to judicial
review. Always lurking is the question of how we reconcile our
dependence on an unelected, expert bureaucracy with our commitments to a
government that is democratically accountable and legitimate.

Administrative Law is vitally important for anyone contemplating a
practice that might involve federal regulations in any way. It is
particularly valuable for students who are considering a practice
involving highly regulated areas such as: Communications, Disability,
Energy, Environment, Family and Child Services, Financial Markets,
Immigration, Labor, Housing, or Land Use, but it is also relevant to
almost every other area of practice.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-11-2016 - 04-20-2016   MTR  11:00 AM-12:20 PM A110A

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 4
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Grades will based on class participation and an eight hour take-home final exam.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Admiralty - Related
Business & Taxation - Basic
Criminal Law - Related
Employment & Labor - Basic
Entertainment, Music, & Sports - Related
Environment & Natural Resources - Basic
Government & Regulation - Basic
Health & Medical - Related
Immigration - Basic
Intellectual Property - Related
Litigation - Related
Real Property - Related
Social Justice - Basic
Bar Subject(s): None
The Business of Innovation, Law and Technology: BILT (Concentration)   More information
Immigration, Asylum, and Citizenship Law Area of Focus (Area of Focus)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Area of Focus)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-4285
Office: C382