This course will focus on the laws that define the powers of government agencies and the remedies a person may seek if injured by the agency's use of those powers. Topics include: agency discretion, client rights, agency rules and regulations, investigations and information gathering, informal proceedings, administrative agency hearings, judicial review, and paralegalism in administrative law. Students will use administrative agency websites to understand agency rules, documents, and forms. They will also study the Federal Register to learn about the rule making process and court case decisions regarding agency action. (3 credits)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Perform internet research on different administrative agencies and in clear and concise writing summarize findings.
- List the steps necessary for Congress to create an agency in clear and concise writing by explaining the powers of the enabling statue and the delegation doctrine.
- Explain the purpose an administrative agency for a person not familiar with the subject using clear, concise writing by explaining the four types of administrative agencies including agency examples.
- List the steps in an agency's process for responding to complaints emphasizing the role of agency discretion.
- Analyze a hypothetical dealing with an agencies investigative and information gathering powers to determine whether or not the agency has met the three requirements for gathering information.
- Differentiate between informal and formal rulemaking as well as a proposed rule and a final rule by providing correct definitions of these four key concepts.
- List the four judicial review procedures for an administrative agency decision and the steps required to achieve judicial review.
- Outline in clear and concise writing the various roles a paralegal can play in an administrative hearing.
- Provide definitions when given a list of the key terms in administrative law with 80% accuracy.
- Identify and correct and false statements about administrative law based on the information provided in the text and lectures with 80% accuracy.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-7)
Graded Study Guides (Weeks 1-7)
Midterm Exam (Week 4)
Final Exam (Week 8)
(Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore)
- Adams, Anne (2010). Basic Administrative Law for Paralegals. 4th ed. Aspen Publishers. ISBN-10: 0735577730 or ISBN-13: 978-0735577732
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Administrative Law and Administrative Agencies
Topic: Development of Administrative Law
Topics: Agency Discretion & Client Rights
Topics: Agency Rules and Regulations
Topics: Investigations and Information Gathering
Topics: Informal Proceedings and Administrative Hearings
Topic: Judicial Review
Topic: Paralegalism in Administrative Law
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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