Administrative Law (LAW-601-001)
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Administrative Law is the body of law governing relations between private citizens and the government. This course will cover four main topics: (1) the constitutional foundations of administrative power; (2) administrative adjudication, (3) rulemaking and regulation, and (4) judicial review of agency decisionmaking. In fact most federal law is now being made by federal agencies. And many of the disputes involving the Trump Administration turn on principles of Administrative Law. Learning Goals--Methods of assessment includes a final exam with both essays and multiple choice questions, class participation, including performance on assigned problems that each student will have to present in front of the class (in teams). • Gain substantive knowledge of Administrative Law doctrine, history, debates, and key contemporary issues, as well as federal-state dichotomy. • Application of doctrine to practical situations. This is reflected in assigning problems to teams of students to solve and orally present in class, and in the hypothetical essay question on the exam. • Oral communication—reflected in team problem assignment that must be presented in front of class. Use of Powerpoint or other presentation skills encouraged. Also class participation can count in grading. • Team building. Team members must collaborate in presentation and write-up of problem. • Learning how to disagree without being disagreeable. A quintessential Washington skill. Note: there is no paper requirement so this course will not fulfill the upper level writing requirement
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Michael Asimow & Ronald Levin, State and Federal Administrative Law (4th ed.) (West 2014). I will also download the authors’ most recent supplement and posted it on MyWCL, My own supplemental readings will also be posted on MYWCL soon.
First Class Readings
The readings are posted on MyWCL. [Textbook: read 1-13; skim read the federal APA (807-826) and the section headings for the 2010 MSAPA (827-852); read pp. 496-510.]
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