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Administrative Law and Government Regulation

Ignite your career in government and policy

Administrative law reaches into nearly every aspect of modern life. Legislatures and governmental regulatory bodies at the federal, state, and local levels shape policy and regulate activities. Students interested in practicing law in highly regulated areas, including health care, education, environmental advocacy, tax, immigration, telecommunications, and others, will benefit from course work in administrative law.

Students studying in the Administrative Law and Government Regulation area explore the legal principles that undergird federal and state policy, including delegation of power to agencies, the procedures followed by agencies, the rule making process, and judicial and other oversight of agencies. As a result, students learn to develop, advocate for, and implement policy solutions and interventions that shape lives.

A thorough understanding of the legislative process is essential for any lawyer practicing administrative law. While Congress and the states pass legislation, regulatory agencies are left to interpret and implement those laws, often by analyzing and deciphering statutory language
to create thousands of rules and regulations to implement the law.

At Moritz, all of our first-year students take the required course Legislation. Our faculty added the course to the core curriculum more than 15 years ago, and other law schools, including Harvard, have followed our lead.

The Moritz College of Law's proximity to the Ohio Statehouse, its access to legislative actions and programs, and top faculty make the school a great choice for students who wish to pursue careers in politics, government, or public interest law.

The Moritz Legislation Practicum provides a front-row view of the legislative process in the Buckeye State as students work directly with legislative leaders and their staffs on matters pending or anticipated to arise before the Ohio House and Senate. The classroom component focuses on the Ohio legislative process and on state constitutional law as it affects the relationship between Ohio courts and the legislature. Clinical placements (as well as class sessions) teach students how to research and analyze current and potential legislative issues, expose them to the challenges of information sharing in a partisan context, and develop their negotiation and consensus-building skills.

As a part of the Washington, D.C., summer program Moritz students have the opportunity to work in substantive externships in D.C., accompanied by a high-quality academic program and a summer in the nation's capital. Students take a course, "The Ethics of Washington Lawyering," as well as an externship seminar, which places students in a variety of major federal agencies and nonprofit groups.

The College's pioneering leadership education course, Lawyers as Leaders, enables students to develop themselves as leaders of organizations, embark on paths of personal leadership development, and increase their competence in working across a wide variety of organizational settings.

Other opportunities worthy of note to the student interested in public interest law include: the Judicial Externship Program, a class for academic credit in which students receive placements as judicial externs; and the Justice for Children Project, which seeks ways to use the law to improve the experiences of children.

Course Sampling

 Administrative Law
 Banking Law
 Election Law
 Environmental Law
 Federal Death Penalty/Habeas
 Food and Drug Law
 Health Law
 Immigration Law
 Insurance Law
 Legislation Clinic
 Public Utilities
 Tax Policy