LAWS290 Administrative and Municipal Law (Experimental)

Department of Business Studies: Paralegal/Law

I. Course Number and Title
LAWS290 Administrative and Municipal Law (Experimental)
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
LAWS100 or LAWS110
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
Introduction to the laws involving administration of government by various departments, agencies, boards, and commissions that implement and enforce government law and policy, including the laws and procedures affecting the administrative decision-making processes on a local, state, and federal government level.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Understand the scope and application of administrative law.
    2. Be able to describe the constitutional and statutory legal basis of administrative law and administration agencies on local, state and federal level of government.
    3. Be able to describe and analyze the rules, procedures and practices of government departments, agencies, boards and commissions for making rules, conducting hearings and making decisions.
    4. Be able to describe and analyze the scope of authority and jurisdiction for various governmental departments, agencies, boards and commissions.
    5. Be able to analyze the administrative, quasi-legislative and quasi-judicial functions of administrative departments.
    6. Be able to analyze the role of a legislative body, courts, statutory limits on governmental immunity and the constitution in limiting the exercise of power and authority by state, federal and local government departments, agencies, boards and commissions.
    7. Be able to analyze the procedures to be followed pursuant to specific statutes:
      1. Worker's Compensation Act for Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;
      2. Public Utility Commission; Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs;
      3. Securities Commission; and the Human Relations Commission.
    8. Be able to analyze the procedures to be followed with regard to the U.S. Social Security Administration (claims and appeals); various environmental protection statutes; acts involving wages and benefits; various labor protection acts; acts that prohibit discrimination, viz., Equal Pay Act, Age Discrimination Employment Act, Civil Rights Act, Title VIII.
    9. Be able to analyze the procedures to be followed with regard to local zoning, licensing and building codes.
    10. Be able to describe statutes that protect the public from the government including:
      1. Freedom of Information Acts,
      2. Sunshine Laws (including municipal sunshine laws) and
      3. Privacy
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Introduction to administrative law, it sources and administrative agencies.
    2. Delegation of authority
    3. Federal administrative agencies-statutes
    4. Federal agencies adjudication procedures
    5. Adjudications-informal and formal
    6. State and local administrative agencies- statutes
    7. State agencies adjudication procedures
    8. Adjudications-informal and formal
    9. Local government-Statues
    10. Local government adjudication procedures
    11. Adjudication-informal and formal
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    1. See course outline for required textbook and other supplements.
    2. Selected readings from periodicals and newspapers
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
    1. Major exams
    2. Written homework assignments
    3. Class participation
    4. Preparation of written portfolio items including a set of forms for a federal and a state administrative agency appeal, request under the Freedom of Information Act.
    1. Reading assignments
    2. Classroom lectures
    3. Discussion of questions, exercises and problems, cases and projects.
    4. Audiovisual aids
    5. Computer exercises including accessing required forms for an appeal of a federal and a state administrative agency appeal. Access a federal, a state and a local agency web site and obtain current set of forms or instructions

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