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Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy (Spring 2019)

  • Course Number: LAW-777
  • Class Number: 03499
  • Instructor: Abby K. Wood

Course Description


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?  Does the President run a “unitary executive” (rhetoric around the “deep state” would imply that unitary executive theory is not holding up well).  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 discouraged in class, though we will have designated note takers each week if students request it.  Exam is in-class (but during exam period).  It contains both multiple choice questions and an issue spotter.


Course Details

  • Unit Value: 4
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: M/W 10:00 am - 11:50 am
  • Room Number: Room 103
  • Exam: In-class or take-home exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: No