Administrative Law (20170). 4 units. There are vast areas of life in which much (often most) lawmaking falls to administrative agencies, rather than to legislators and judges. Examples include the functioning of markets in securities, telecommunications, and energy; the safety of food, drugs, cars, airplanes, and workplaces; the regulation of pollution, public land use, advertising, immigration, election campaigns, and union organizing; and the distribution of all kinds of social welfare benefits. This course will introduce the legal and practical foundations of the administrative state, considering rationales for delegation to administrative agencies, procedural and substantive constraints on agency rulemaking and adjudication, judicial review of agency actions, and the relationship of agencies to Congress and the President.
The written work required for the course will be five six-page analytic essays, due over the course of the semester, on the course concepts and materials. Students interested in completing their Substantial Paper or Supervised Analytic Writing on an administrative law topic may seek permission to sign up for additional writing credit, as neither Substantial Paper nor Supervised Analytic Writing projects can be substituted for the five required essays for the course. C. Jolls.