Law 216 - Administrative Law

Jon D. Michaels

Jon D. Michaels

Professor of Law
B.A. Williams College, 1998
B.A./M.A. University of Oxford, 2000
J.D. Yale, 2003
UCLA Faculty Since 2008
Course Description:

This course is an introduction to the legal, normative, and organizational principles that undergird the administrative state. We will study the sources of law for agency action and examine the ways in which the practical necessities of having vast, powerful agencies are squared with our commitments to a government that is democratically accountable and legitimate.

Administrative law extends into nearly every aspect of modern life. It guides the regulation of labor, immigration, the environment, telecommunications, consumer, occupational, and health safety, national security initiatives, financial markets, taxation, and prisons. It also directs the eligibility and disbursement decisions of public benefits programs, including Social Security and Medicaid. It is from these -- and other -- vantage points that we will explore the creation of federal administrative agencies, the constitutional limitations on the agencies’ authority and organizational structure, the normative and policy implications of the design of administrative institutions and programs, the adjudicatory and rulemaking powers of administrative agencies, and the various legal actions that can be brought to challenge administrative action.

Regular, robust class participation is required of all students.       

U.S. Constitutional Law is a prerequisite.   

Course Learning Outcomes:

Students will demonstrate facility with judicial opinions, statutes, regulations, executive orders, and various agency statements of policy--as well as with major theories and methodological approaches to law, institutional design, and public policy.

Students will sharpen and refine their critical thinking and rhetorical skills through active participation in class discussions.  

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Jon Michaels 20F 216 LEC 1 MWR 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM 4.0 Yes No
  Prerequisite: Law 148. Constitutional Law I.
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2020 LEC 1
Cass et al. Administrative Law : Cases and Materials  8th ed.  
ISBN: 9781543804423. Wolters Kluwer. REQUIRED $282.96