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Admin Law (LAW-601-001)
The syllabus and first assignment have been updated for spring 2013.
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.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Required: Popper, McKee, Varona, & Harter, ADMINISTRATIVE LAW: A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH, 2D ED. (West, 2010). Recommended: Popper, McKee, Statutory Supplement, ADMINISTRATIVE LAW: A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH. (West, 2009).
First Class Readings
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):