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Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy (Fall 2017)
- Course Number: LAW-777
- Class Number: 03499
- Instructor: Abby K. Wood
From fall 2016
If you plan to practice as a lawyer, you will almost certainly interact with the administrative state on behalf of your clients. The pervasiveness of administrative law is hard to understate. Federal and state administrative agencies touch every field of law, including immigration, environmental, employment, corporate, criminal, tax, bankruptcy, and real estate, to name a few. Administrative law is therefore an important class to take, and you will probably find that it dovetails nicely with some of your upper level courses.
In this four-unit introductory course, we will explore the following questions in this enormous field of law. Is the administrative state constitutional? What are the different kinds of agencies and how do they differ in their political responsiveness to Congress and the President? How can we design agencies to ensure high-quality agency rule-making and adjudication? Under what conditions must agencies act transparently? When and how do agencies end up before Article III judges, and how much should courts defer to agency expertise when reviewing agency actions?
Feel free to contact Professor Wood with any questions you have about class content or logistics. Numerical and CR/D/F grading are both OK. No writing or skills requirement. Class participation counts for 0.3 grade points, and computers are not allowed in class, though we will have designated note takers each week. Professor Wood will discuss with the students whether they prefer an in-class or take home final exam. It will contain both multiple choice questions and an issue spotter.
- Unit Value: 4
- Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
- Schedule: T/Th 10:00 am - 11:50 am
- Room Number: Room 103
- Exam: Either an in-class or take-home exam
- Writing Requirement: No
- Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: No
- Participation: Points will be awarded
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