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Fall 2022

Course Description
Administrative governance addresses issues central to the daily lives of Americans, including, but not limited to, immigration reform, education, civil rights, financial regulation, environmental protection, and auto safety. Indeed, in an age of polarized government, the administrative state has taken on an increased importance in American governance. Administrative law encompasses several different substantive areas, and is fundamentally about the creation, legitimation and control of bureaucratic decision making in a democracy. Though the course focuses primarily on national administrative agencies and the federal courts, familiarity with administrative law and process is essential for the practice of law at both the federal and state level. 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. In addition to a Final Examination, students grades will be based on a book review essay due mid-semester. Students are free to choose one of several books selected by the professor.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-22-2022 - 11-30-2022   MW  9:00 AM-10:50 AM A110

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 4
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Final Examination
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:
Special Restrictions: Students enrolled in the course are encourage to obtain a subscription to the Washington Post, New York Times, or the Wall Street Journal.
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
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Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Federal Administrative Law
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Gary Lawson
    Publisher: West Academic
    Edition: 9th
    ISBN: 9781647086398
First Class Assignment(s):



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