Spring 2012 Course Schedule

Administrative Law Externship Sem (LAW-769-003)

Meets: 04:00 PM - 05:50 PM (M) - Room 440

Enrolled: 7 / Limit: 15

Administrator Access


Co-requisite: LAW-899 NOTE: CLASS WILL MEET IN SMALL GROUPS FOR AN EXTRA HOUR EVERY OTHER WEEK. TIME TBD. Registering for your field placement credits is a separate process. Students must first register for a seminar and then go to www.wcl.american.edu/externship to submit a Request for Approval, which generates the necessary forms. Students with concerns about placement approval should speak with a member of the Externship Staff. Students are not registered for field credits until they submit the signed Registration Form to the Registrar.


This Seminar is designed (with limited exceptions on an individualized basis) for externs whose placement is with a federal agency. It’s primary purpose is to enrich and provide an academic context for the field placement externship through an overview of a wide range of administrative law topics and through reflective study of the fieldwork experience. The course will cover issues such as agency adjudication and rulemaking, judicial review, enforcement, the role of offices of general counsel, ADR, FOIA, government ethics, budgets, and congressional relations. The focus of the seminar will be how these substantive areas are relevant at your agency. So in addition to the usual journals, there will be a half-dozen 2- to 3-page research papers designed to introduce the student to aspects of his/her agency that (s)he would not normally experience, and to meet some key officials in the agency (s)he would not otherwise ordinarily meet. These papers are in lieu of a longer paper.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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No textbook required. Readings will be either a supplement--to be purchased at WCL or will be posted on MyWCL

First Class Readings

Not available at this time.


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