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Spring 2019
LAW200  A  ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

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. For the 2018 edition of this class, we will also consider the ways in which administrative law has empowered and -- so far -- more frequently blocked the ability of the Trump administration to enact its policy choices

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-14-2019 - 04-23-2019   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
Prerequisite:
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Grades will based on class participation and an eight hour take-home final exam.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
General
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):
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):
Textbook Required:
Yes  
  • Textbook Name: Administrative Law, Cases and Comments
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Strauss,? Rakoff, Metzger, Barron & O'Connell
    Publisher: Foundation Press
    Edition: 12th
    ISBN: 9781634608190
      
  
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: 1. Casebook pp 3-31. 2. Find the class blog, http://adlaw19.umlaw.net/ 3. Read the class policies, https://adlaw19.umlaw.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2019Introductory-Note-for-Adlaw_v1.pdf 4. Send me an email - see details on class blog.

    Material:
    Strauss, et al, Administrative Law (12th ed. 2018).

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link:
    http://adlaw19.umlaw.net/
      

 
Professor(s)

FROOMKIN, MICHAEL


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: froomkin@law.miami.edu
Phone: (305)284-4285
Office: C382