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Administrative Practice:

It is impossible to cover the substantive law of all agencies and thus, after completion of the required courses, a student is allowed to concentrate in one specific area or obtain a broad-based exposure through the selection of electives. The course entitled Business and State Issues in Environmental Law is required because it exposes all students to common and practical issues arising in the regulatory process that have similar application to all major regulatory agencies.

After completion of the required courses, the student selects a topic for independent study related to either environmental law or the substantive law of a major federal or state agency. The capstone consists of an externship at a government agency, generally a Texas agency in Austin.

The student is exposed to the day-to-day workings of an agency and works closely with administrative officers and employees. Additionally, the students are supervised by Professor Walt Shelton, our part-time faculty member who resides in Austin.

After taking the required classes, those students choosing to concentrate in Administrative Practice complete the following courses:

Course NameCredit Hours
Administrative Law: Federal2
Administrative Law: Texas2
Business and State Issues in Environmental Law3
Municipal Government3
Administrative Law Externship2
Independent Study2

Administrative Practice students also complete at least one of the following elective courses:

Course NameCredit Hours
Civil Rights Actions (formerly Section 1983: Local Government, Constitutional and Federal Liabilities3
Employment Discrimination3
Employment Relations3
Environmental Law3
Healthcare Law3
Insurance Law3
Labor Law2
Natural Resources Protection & Water Law3
Oil and Gas Law3
Patent Law & Drafting3
Securities Regulation3

For more information, see Professor Beal.

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