Exam: One Day Take-Home
This course will study the law governing federal administrative agencies, and related matters of policy and theory. Using the material covered in the first-year "Legislation and Regulation" course as a foundation, this class will cover a variety of more advanced topics, including the structure and function of administrative agencies; the role of agencies in interpreting statutes and regulations; the legal framework governing administrative adjudication as opposed to regulation; the president's power to supervise the executive branch; congressional delegation and principal-agent problems; the theory and practice of statutory interpretation; and the appropriate role of private actors in the administrative process. The central theme of the course will be on the need to manage the tension between flexibility and constraint in the administrative state.
Note: The first class session will meet on February 1. In order to make-up the first week of class, the first six classes on February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16 will meet from 9:30am to 11:30am. After that, classes will revert to the scheduled 10am start time.