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Administrative Law

Administrative agencies make policy choices that affect virtually every aspect of American life—the quality of our air and water, the level of immigration deportations, the safety of our automobiles, the openness of the internet, the stability of our financial system, and, at least implicitly, often the prices we pay for goods and services.

Administrative law is the body of law that governs how administrative agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency or the Federal Communications Commission, exercise discretion over these wide-ranging policy areas. This body of law emerged largely over the last century in response to acute fears of a growing and unelected administrative state and it attends to a rich set of constitutional, statutory, and common law considerations.

The Cornell Law School faculty’s approach to administrative law focuses on legal doctrine as enriched with social, political, historical, and social scientific considerations. The faculty offers both general administrative law courses and a variety of specialized courses, including in clinical programs that often work on cases touching on administrative law issues.

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