LAWL6204 Administrative Law



Administrative agencies play a critical role in determining the duties and entitlements of the public. This course will introduce students to the constitutional and statutory frameworks that regulate administrative agencies in their exercise of this authority. Focusing on the major federal agencies, we will consider the forms of agency action (e.g., rulemaking and adjudication) and the procedures required by the Administrative Procedure Act; the constitutional constraints that limit agency action; and the means used by Congress, the President, and the courts to control and review what agencies do and some attendant separation of powers questions. In addressing these issues, we will consider both political and legal dynamics and both descriptive and normative questions about the twenty-first-century administrative state.



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