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

Course Description
Administrative law deals with three issues: (1) what powers may be delegated to administrative agencies; (2) the manner in which agencies use their delegated power, e.g., through rulemaking or adjudication; and (3) the ways in which administrative agencies are disciplined by the political branches, the courts and private parties. The first issue raises questions largely related to the status of administrative agencies in the constitutional framework—i.e., whether and to what extent Congress may delegate to substantive decision-making authority to administrative agencies. The second issue deals almost exclusively with the procedural requirements imposed on administrative agencies when engaged in their “law creation” function. Finally, the third issue addresses questions of the availability and scope of judicial review, and the formal and informal ways that the political branches attempt to constrain agency discretion. The primary focus of this class, as an introductory class, will be to develop a working knowledge of the key doctrinal components of this area of the law. However, we will also think broadly about the justifications for the administrative state, which has been with us since the very first days of the Republic, and test those against our substantive ideals about democracy, deliberation, accountability, and effective governance. Students interested in earning a fourth credit will be able to write a review of a book dealing with themes from the course.

Course Schedule

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 4
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation:
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
Concentration(s): None

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Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-2376
Office: G271