Administrative Law

Administrative Law

Professor Adrian Vermeule
Spring 2017 course
W, Th 1:00pm - 3:00pm in Austin Hall Room 111 - West
4 classroom credits

Prerequisites: None

Exam: In Class

This course will study law making and law application by executive departments of government. Using the material covered in the first-year "Legislation and Regulation" course as a foundation, this class will cover a variety of topics, including the legal framework (both constitutional and statutory) that governs administrative rulemaking and adjudication; the proper role of agencies in interpreting statutory and regulatory law; and judicial review of agency decisions. The central theme of the course is how the law manages the tension between "rule of law" values (e.g., procedural regularity, accountability, and substantive limits on arbitrary action) and the desire for flexible, effective administrative governance.

Note: This course is open to upper-level JDs only.

A handful of class meetings will need to be rescheduled to Fridays from 1pm to 3pm. The following class sessions will be cancelled on Thursdays, February 2 and 16, March 9, and April 20 (tentative). The make-up sessions for these classes will be rescheduled to the following Fridays, February 24, March 3 & 31. Should the April 20th class meeting be cancelled, an additional make-up session will be scheduled.

Subject Areas: Government Structure & Function, Regulatory Law, Constitutional Law & Civil Rights