PO337 Administrative Law

for F2B 2010

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PO 337 Administrative Law


F2B 2010 BL


Rodriguez, Roger


Professor/Adjunct Faculty


B.A. Pol. Sci.  Honors Program Degree
J.D. Texas Tech Law School w/ Honors
LL.M. Georgetown Law w/ Honors

Office Location

Meet at campus when needed.

Office Hours

9-5 during week and available by appointment.

Daytime Phone





Semester Dates

10/18/10 to 12/12/10

Class Days


Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours


Administrative Law : Bureaucracy in a Democracy

Hall, Daniel E. / Feldmeier, John E
4TH 09
Prentice Hall, Inc.


Smoking and Politics : Bureaucracy Centered Policymaking


Fritschler, A. / Rudder, Cathy


6TH 07


Prentice Hall, Inc.









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Course Description:
PO 337 Administrative Law: The study of administrative agencies, their rule making powers, adjudicatory functions and judicial control over such agencies. Areas covered include: the scope of administrative power, judicial review, regulatory law, due process, and personal liability of public servants. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Additionally, the professor will provide simulations in class that will bring to life the different provisions of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the interaction of those rights with the administrative law agencies at the local, state and federal levels. There will also be a case study that will be argued in class in a simulation of an administrative law hearing. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the administrative law structure and process.
  2. Describe regulatory law
  3. Procedural requirements of agency rule making and adjudication.
  4. Understand the Federal Administrative Procedure Act.
  5. Describe ethical concerns of administrative policy making.
  6. Be familiar with case law regarding administrative policy making.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will define and explain Constitutional provisions in the Bill of Rights that bear on the administrative law agencies.
  2. Students will define and explain recent cases that have changed the procedure that applies to administrative cases.
  3. Students will define and explain the different steps of an administrative hearing and appeals to district courts.
  4. Students will participate in various practical simulations that will illustrate the actual process of presenting and arguing an administartive case.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
There will be two examinations, one in week 4 and one in week 8, each will be worth 35% of the total grade.

A research project/presentation due in week 7 will be worth 20% of the total grade. Attendance and participation will be worth 10% of the total grade.


Exam I    (Due November 11)                                  =   35%

Exam II   (Due December 9)                                    =   35%

Research Project/Presentation (Due December 2)    =  20%

Attendance & Participation  (all classes)                   =  10%


Total                                                                        = 100%

A =  90 - 100

B =  80 - 89

C =  70 - 79

D =  60 - 69

F =   0 - 59 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

The instructor expects all assignments to be turned in when due. If the assignment is turned in the day after the due date it will only be given a maximum grade of 50%. The instructor reserves the right, but is under no obligation, to grant exceptions when students show that good cause exists for the late material.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The rules of conduct provided in the Park University Undergraduate Catalog are in effect for the classroom.

Additionally, students are expected to be prepared to actively discuss the material. Students shall not operate computers, cell phones or similar devices during class meetings. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Oct. 19- Read Constitution and Bill of Rights; Discussion of  administrative law system. How is it different from regular
               civil cases and from criminal cases. What rights apply. 

Oct. 21-  Presentation and discussion of the procedural rules of the administrative law process at the local, state
                and federal levels.
                Discussion of research project and selection of subject.

Oct. 26- Discussion of the Federal Procedure Administartive Act.
Oct. 28- Due Process and 5fth Amendment Takings issues with administrative law cases.

Nov. 2- Court simulation of an administarive case.
Nov. 4-  Case law regarding recent administrative law cases.

Nov. 9-Presentation & Discussion: Interaction of Administrative agencies at the local, state and federal government. 
Nov. 11- Exam I.

Nov. 16-  Case Study of collective contracts and unions interaction with Administrtaive law (Labor Department)
Nov. 18- Discussion of Regulatory law and individual liability of public servants.

Nov. 23- Discussion of local, state and federal administartive agencies including administartive law judges. Who are they
               and what is their individual jurisdiction and limits.
Nov. 25-  Discussion of differences between administraive law when dealing with local taxation, employment/labor issues
                and licensing issues.
Nov. 30- International law issues in dealing with the administartive law (conflict of laws and jurisdiction issues).
Dec. 2-Research project and presentation due.
Dec. 7-Discussion on expected future developments in the Administrative law system. 
Dec. 9-Exam II, Final Discussion and Comments.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Disability Guidelines:
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Additional Information:
This is one of my favorite subjects and I look forward to covering this material with you. I wish you the best in this class and I look forward to meeting you soon.


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