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Technology, Innovation, and Law Practice Practicum: Regulatory Agencies and Compliance
Professors Rostain, Nourse and Mulcahy
J.D. Practicum 1176 | 4 credit hours
Administrative law tends to be a course on how courts treat administrative agencies, rather than on how those agencies actually work. This new practicum will allow students to see an agency “in action,” rather than from the rear view mirror of a courtroom. Administrative law concepts such as “formal rulemaking,” “informal rulemaking,” as well as the myriad of ways in which agencies act outside the standard model (advisories, letter rulings etc.) will come to life in a course where the students are actually injected into agencies to see how they solve problems and how their actions affect the subjects of regulation (here NGOs). With more than 400 federal agencies and thousands of lawyers practicing in executive and independent agencies, regulatory agencies offer a large and varied landscape for law students to explore. By learning about particular agency problems and solutions, students will also gain insight into some of the larger questions posed by administrative law, such as whether independent agencies are truly independent, and whether deference is in fact owed to agencies based on their expertise.
Prerequisites: Students must complete the required first-year program prior to enrolling in this course (part-time and interdivisional transfer students may enroll prior to completing Criminal Justice, Property, or their first-year elective) and Administrative Law (or section 3 Government Processes) or one of the following first year electives: Congress and the Administrative State or The Regulatory State or The Regulatory and Administrative State.
Students may not concurrently enroll in this practicum course and a clinic or another practicum course. Students may concurrently enroll in this practicum course and an externship.
This is a 4 credit course. 2 credits will be awarded for the 2-hour weekly seminar and 2 credits will be awarded for approximately 10 hours of supervised work per week, for a minimum of 11 weeks.