Advanced Regulatory Research
About This Class
This course focuses on federal sources of administrative law and teaches students to research agency regulations, agency decisions, and other sources of administrative law, using a variety print and online sources. We will cover administrative authority in its various forms, including: enabling statutes, proposed and final agency regulations, agency decisions, opinions and policy, and executive orders. In addition, we will review federal and state legislative and administrative history, secondary sources and agency websites. Emphasis will be on researching using free, government resources, but students will also learn how to conduct regulatory research using LexisAdvance, WestlawNext and Bloomberg Law. Although the primary focus of this course will be on researching federal administrative law, one class session will be devoted to researching state and local administrative law. Students will be evaluated based on class participation and on a final research project focused on an administrative agency of their choosing. The final project may serve as a foundation for future AWR or IRP projects. Students who select environmental topics for the final project may use this credit to satisfy MELP degree requirements.
Method of evaluation: class participation and a final research project focused on an administrative agency of their choosing. The final project may serve as a foundation for future AWR or IRP projects.
*Final paper does not satisfy the AWR requirement.