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Spring 2023

Course Description
Most laws that Congress passes require implementation. Very often implementation is via 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, adjudicates 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 or Securities, Immigration, Labor, Housing, or Land Use, but it is also relevant to almost every other area of practice. Administrative Law is both important and timely: It empowered and also very frequently blocked the ability of the Trump administration to enact its policy choices; more recently, a significant part of the early Biden agenda has been to modify or rescind various Trump administration regulations - a process that takes place within a set of constraints imposed by Administrative Law.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-17-2023 - 04-24-2023   MTR  2:00 PM-3:20 PM DL

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
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
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
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The Business of Innovation, Law and Technology: BILT (Concentration)   More information
Environmental Law (Area of Focus)   More information
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Health Law (Area of Focus)   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
Transactional Law (Area of Focus)   More information
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Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Gellhorn and Byse's Administrative Law, Cases and Comments
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Strauss, Rakoff, Metzger, Barron & O'Connell
    Publisher: West Academic Publishing
    Edition: 13th

Additional Materials:
13th Edition e-book is due to be released in early January 2023, and the hard copy a few weeks later. PDFs of the new edition will be made available to students by the professor.  
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: The full first assignment, zoom registration info, and other important things you will want to do well BEFORE the first class are all on the class blog at To get past the privacy popup use username "adlaw" and password "2023" (don't use the quote marks).

    Gelllhorn & Byse's Administrative Law (13th ed. 2023). This edition is heavily revised as the Supreme Court has been busy, so earlier editions will not do. Note also that the book is so new it is not in stores yet! Info for online access to the early assignments will be on the class blog at

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link:

    Additional Information:
    Please contact me with any questions. See you soon!



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-4285
Office: G382