Administrative Law

Section 1SP, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 62/62
Credits: 4

Course Description

Administrative agencies play an important role in determining legal rights and obligations. This course will study the constitutional and statutory structure of federal administrative agencies. With respect to constitutional structure, the course will cover topics such as the nondelegation doctrine, the Appointments Clause, the executive’s power to remove agency heads, the congressional powers to create, structure and supervise agencies, the unitary executive theory, permissible degrees of agency "independence," agency adjudicatory powers and Article III, and due process constraints on agency process. With respect to statutory structure, the course will explore the way in which the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and other sources of law regulate the authority of federal agencies to determine the rights and responsibilities of the public. The topics will include formality and informality in agency procedure, the choice between rulemaking and adjudication, the procedures for agency rulemaking, and judicial review of agency action.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester.
Final Exam Notes:

Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
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Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Constitutional Law (6001)) Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes: Though the scheduled time for my 4-credit Administrative Law class taught is Tuesday/Thursday from 5pm to 6:50pm (1 hour 50 minutes per class), each in-person meeting of the class will generally be limited to 80 minutes, with 30 minutes of pre-recorded lecture and powerpoint slides accounting for the additional minutes of instruction. There are two good reasons for this “hybrid” approach to the course. First, it will limit each class meeting to a quite reasonable (and traditional) 80 minutes rather than the nearly two hours listed in the schedule. Second, based on my experience teaching this past Spring (including the student evaluations for my Spring class), I believe that students appreciate the benefits of having the slides, and lectures accompanying those slides, in advance of class. With such an arrangement, students can: (i) go through the slides while they are doing the assigned reading, (ii) pause the lecture to read more carefully when the lecture raises points that were not initially perceived in doing the reading, and (iii) write down questions for the in-person class if something in the lecture is not clear. Students can also play the lectures at 1.25x or 1.5x speed, which some students found (and I agree) to be an efficient use of time in many instances.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

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