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PUB 120: Public Administration Law

Course Description

In this course, students will explore the laws that define powers of government agencies and the remedies a person may seek if injured by the agency’s use of those powers. Topics in this course 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 web sites to understand agency rules, documents, and forms. We will also study the Federal Register to learn about the rule making process and court case decisions regarding agency action.

Prerequisite

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Perform internet research on different administrative agencies and in clear and concise writing summarize findings.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. List the steps in an agency's process for responding to complaints emphasizing the role of agency discretion.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. List the four judicial review procedures for an administrative agency decision and the steps required to achieve judicial review.
  8. Outline in clear and concise writing the various roles a paralegal can play in an administrative hearing.
  9. Provide definitions when given a list of the key terms in administrative law with 80% accuracy.
  10. 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)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-7)

30%

Graded Study Guides (Weeks 1-7)

20%

Midterm Exam (Week 4)

20%

Final Exam (Week 8)

30%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(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

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,9,10

Topic: Administrative Law and Administrative Agencies

  • Chapter 1
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Study Guide for Chapter 1

2

2,9,10

Topic: Development of Administrative Law

  • Chapter 2
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Study Guide for Chapter 2

3

3,9,10

Topics: Agency Discretion & Client Rights

  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Study Guides for Chapters 3 and 4

4

4,9,10

Topics: Agency Rules and Regulations

  • Chapter 5
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Complete Study Guide for Chapter 5
  • Review Study Guides for Chapters 1-5 in preparation for Midterm Exam
  • Complete the Midterm Exam

Midterm Exam
Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5
SLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 9 & 10

5

5,9,10

Topics: Investigations and Information Gathering

  • Chapter 6
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Study Guide for Chapter 6

6

6,9,10

Topics: Informal Proceedings and Administrative Hearings

  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 8
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Study Guides for Chapters 7 and 8

7

7,9,10

Topic: Judicial Review

  • Chapter 9
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Study Guide for Chapter 9
  • Review Study Guides for Chapters 1-10 in preparation for Final Exam

8

1-10

Topic: Paralegalism in Administrative Law

  • Chapter 10
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Study Guide for Chapter 10
  • Review Study Guides for Chapters 1-10 in preparation for Final Exam
  • Complete the Final Exam

Final Exam
Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5
SLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9

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