Administrative Law


Course Code:
LAW 7001
Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail


(Formerly Law 238) Administrative law is the field of law most concerned with what government agencies do and how they do it. By interpreting and implementing statutes, adjudicating disputes, and promulgating regulations and policies, agencies affect an enormous range of issues — from climate change to communications policy, from innovation to immigration, from financial institutions to federalism, and from public health to public education. Specific topics encompassed by administrative law include the relationship between agencies and the Legislature; the constitutional rules and political pressures that shape agencies; the major statutes affecting how agencies work, particularly the Administrative Procedure Act; how senior officials in the executive branch seek to control agency actions; how agencies choose among policymaking methods and make judgments about the costs and benefits of regulatory policies as they implement statutes; and how courts review agency action. The course will address these topics through cases and examples drawn from separation of powers doctrine, the constitutional law of due process, and the implementation of statutes. A major theme cutting across these topics is how the law seeks — yet often fails — to resolve tensions between goals associated with political accountability, scientific and technical rationality, and adjudicatory fairness. Elements used in grading: class participation, attendance, assignments, final exam (3-hour, open book exam).

Current Offerings

2017-2018 Spring

Administrative Law LAW 7001 Section 01 Class #1041

  • 3 Units

Notes: In-class Final.

    • Details to come
  • Mon
  • Room: Law190
  • Fri
  • Room: Law190

Past Offerings

2016-2017 Autumn

Administrative Law LAW 7001 Section 01 Class #29181

  • 4 Units

Notes: One-Day Take-Home Exam.

    • One Day Take Home
    • Self Scheduled
  • Room: Library
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2015-2016 Autumn

Administrative Law LAW 238 Section 01 Class #1054

  • 4 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Lottery 68

Notes: One-Day Take-Home Exam.

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