Administrative Law and Regulatory Compliance

This course focuses on the law governing government agencies. Focusing primarily on federal law and federal agencies, the course introduces students to the processes of lawmaking and law application by the administrative agencies of the executive branch and their control by the federal courts, Congress, and the president.

The course covers the basic tools used by agencies, such as rulemaking and adjudication, as well as the procedural and substantive rules that limit and guide the use of these tools. Topics studied include the scope of judicial review, access to judicial review, the separation of powers, procedural due process, and freedom of information. In short, the study of administrative law focuses on the activities of government agencies from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Social Security Administration, from the Federal Trade Commission to the National Labor Relations Board.

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of applicable administrative law principles in rulemaking, adjudication, executive enforcement, and judicial review.
  • Analyze factual scenarios in accordance with applicable administrative law principles to determine appropriate outcomes in legal proceedings.
  • Identify applicable administrative law principles and apply them in accordance with the best interests of the client, fairness and equity to all parties, and judicial.