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Administrative Law (LAW-601-002)
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This course involves the study of administrative agency behavior. Administrative agencies (federal, state, and local) are the primary contact points for interaction between private citizens and government. Although the courts, congress, and executive are decisionmakers, it is the agencies that actually govern. Agencies act based on the authority delegated to them by legislatures. They react based on ever changing directives given to them by their supervisors, the executive. Finally, they are restrained from erroneous action (or inaction) by courts. Nevertheless, the power to contact directly individuals and businesses, to sanction, to regulate, is vast. This course is in part, then, a study of how that power is exercised and curtailed. Topics include the delegation of power to agencies, the constitutional right to a hearing, agency procedures of adjudication and rule making, information law debates, judicial review of agencies, and administrative reform.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Required - Popper, McKee, Varona, & Harter, ADMINISTRATIVE LAW: A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH, 2D ED. (West, 2010). This is both a conventional hard-cover law school casebook and a fully interactive casebook. On the bottom of the inside cover of the text you purchase is your 25 digit alpha numeric code. Follow the steps on the sheet and sign in. You will have access to the entire casebook on-line, including full text versions of most of the cases, notes, case documents, and other materials in the book, a search function, an electronic annotation (note-taking) function, and other features. Recommended: Popper, McKee, Statutory Supplement, ADMINISTRATIVE LAW: A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH. (West, 2009).
First Class Readings
First assignment: For the two classes please read pages 1-33 and 43-63. The first chapter is an overview of the field and includes two principle cases that provide a backdrop for rulemaking and adjudication as well as two principle cases on the power and independence of agencies and the executive.
The syllabus is available in the following format(s):