Adminstrative Law (SD 250)
Modern government is administrative government. Administrative agencies impact virtually every aspect of our social lives, from the air we breathe and the water we drink, to our means of transportation and communication, to the health and safety of our food, drugs, workplaces and hospitals, to our very membership as a national society, and beyond. Administrative Law is the body of constitutional and procedural law that a practitioner needs to understand in order to work within a governmental agency or represent a client in dealings with a governmental agency. Topically, the course considers: the role and place of administrative agencies in American constitutional government; the powers and procedures of administrative agencies, including in particular rulemaking and adjudication; structural and procedural legal constraints on exercises of agency authority; and the availability and scope of judicial review of administrative action. Administrative Law is a foundational course for virtually any type of regulatory practice, including immigration, environmental, health, telecommunications, energy, labor and employment, food and drug, and governmental benefits law. The course material consists almost entirely of U.S. Supreme Court decisions, it is often highly abstract and theoretical and unavoidably challenging. Administrative Law is also a bar-tested subject in a number of states, including Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming. Recommended: Constitutional Law I.
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