Summer 2016 Course Schedule

Federal Regulatory Process (LAW-788-001)
McDonald, Cohen

Meets: 06:00 PM - 08:10 PM (TTH) - Yuma - Room Y115

Enrolled: 13 / Limit: 40

Administrator Access


The syllabus is available on MYWCL


The Federal Regulatory Process course examines the practical side of the federal regulatory process. It provides an overview of the federal regulatory process, and it considers the underlying purpose of regulation -- to solve national problems. The course offers an overview of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) processes of rulemaking and judicial review (but is not intended as a substitute for a traditional administrative law course). We will cover how agencies operate and interact with the public, and we will examine techniques to constrain the arbitrary exercise of administrative discretion. We will examine specific areas of federal regulation (e.g., immigration, energy efficiency) and will review efforts to enhance and revise APA processes. We will have a number of guest lecturers that will provide a range of perspectives, including those from the executive and legislative branches, academic community, public interest groups, and private practice. By bringing real-world experience and expertise to the classroom, we will illustrate how the regulatory process works.

Click below to read the Professor's bios:

Christina McDonald: click here

Daniel Cohen: click here

Textbooks and Other Materials

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First Class Readings

1. 5 U.S.C. Sections 551, 553, 554, 555 (from the Administrative Procedure Ac

2.Attorney General’s Manual on the Administrative Procedure Act (U.S. Dep’t of Justice 1947)

Skim pgs 1-7. Read pgs 9-16 (Section I - Fundamental

3. A Guide to Federal Agency Rulemaking - Skim pages 1-33. Read pages 43-90, 93-110