Administrative Practice

Administrative regulation at the state and federal level has grown into a massive patchwork of more than 400 Texas and federal agencies. This professional track is designed to provide students with a broad-based exposure to the concepts, topics and skills that are vital to practitioners who work for or before governmental agencies. It is impossible to cover the substantive law of all agencies and thus, after completion of the required courses, a student is allowed to focus 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 a field placement 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. This professional track qualifies as a foundation track for the Special Distinction in Litigation.


Administrative Practice Required Courses(13 hours)

Administrative Law: Federal (2hrs) 9268

Administrative Law: Texas (2hrs) 9287

Business and State Issues in Environmental Law (3hrs) 9377

Municipal Government (2hrs) 9265

Administrative Law Field Placement (2hrs) 9225*

Independent Study (2hrs) 9V98*


Administrative Practice Electives(at least 4 hours from this group)

Civil Rights Actions (2hrs) 9256

Employment Discrimination (3hrs) 9362

Employment Relations (3hrs) 9372

Environmental Law (3hrs) 9366

Federal Courts (3hrs) 9323

Healthcare Law (3hrs) 9357

Healthcare: Regulation of Healthcare Professionals (2hrs) 9286

Labor Law (2hrs) 9208

Natural Resource Protection Law (3hrs) 9309

Oil & Gas Law (2hrs) 9249

Patent Law (2hrs) 9223

Securities Regulation (3hrs) 9344

Water Law (3hrs) 9313

*Contact Professor Shelton for additional information about the independent study, field placement or about the track in general.