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Administrative Law (Zaring)
Spring 2013   LAW 601-002  

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Meeting Times/Location
MW 3:00PM - 4:20PM
Gittis Hall 2

David Zaring

Assistant Professor (Legal Studies & Business Ethics, Wharton)
Additional Information

Course Concentrations
Administrative and Regulatory Law

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Expository Writing

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement




We live in an administrative state, populated by thousands of governmental bodies that collectively exercise pervasive authority over the entire economy and the lives of every American. Unlike courts, which enjoy explicit constitutional independence, administrative agencies constitute a constitutionally ambiguous "fourth branch of government." Also unlike courts, most agencies have authority to wield a wide variety of regulatory powers other than adjudication, including rulemaking, licensing, advice-giving, and prosecution. "Administrative law" is the body of constitutional, statutory, Executive, and "common law" principles that constrain and thereby seek to legitimate the exercise of these powers. This course will be a critical examination of these principles. Topics include: the place of agencies in our tripartite structure of government, the choice between rulemaking and adjudication as devices for making policy, procedural requirements for the exercise of various administrative powers, and judicial review of administrative decisions. This course is open to 1L enrollment only.


"Federal Administrative Law, " by Gary Lawson
Edition: 6th
Publisher: American Casebook Series