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The nation’s capital is the perfect place to study a range of issues related to governance, including federal administrative law and legislation. In addition to Congress and the federal agencies, the concentration of NGOs and institutions that study government processes and policies provide students many opportunities for scholarly collaboration and practical experience. Georgetown Law students take full advantage of our Washington, DC location to secure internships, externships, and summer jobs in government and at leading nonprofit organizations.

Many Georgetown Law faculty members write on legislation, administrative law and other governance issues. Scholarship in the area includes leading works on statutory interpretation, on the use of cost-benefit analysis in regulatory decision making, on the relationship between the President and administrative agencies, and on the control of agency agendas through the budgeting process. Other faculty work in the area addresses the work of specific agencies in areas such as education law, environmental law, consumer protection, and food and drug regulation.

Students benefit from Georgetown Law’s extensive range of courses on Congressional and administrative lawmaking. Financial regulation, health and safety regulation, the administration of disability and welfare programs, discrimination law, workplace regulation, food and drug law, and immigration policy are among the areas of administrative law covered by our courses. Georgetown Law’s Federal Legislation & Administrative Clinic teaches students how to become effective legislative lawyers by representing nonprofit, public interest organizations seeking to advance legislative, regulatory, and policy proposals in Congress and the Executive Branch.

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William Buzbee Profile
William Buzbee
J. Maria Glover Profile
J. Maria Glover
Naomi Mezey Profile
Naomi Mezey
Victoria Nourse Profile
Victoria Nourse
Richard Roe Profile
Richard Roe
David Vladeck Profile
David Vladeck
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Curriculum

Administrative Law

Congress and the Administrative State

Election Law: Voting, Campaigning and the Law

Government Contracts

Lawmaking: Introduction to Statutory and Regulatory Interpretation
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Scholarship

  • Lisa Heinzerling, The Power Canons, 58 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1933-2004 (2017).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • Lisa Heinzerling, Economizing on Nature's Bounty, in The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Biodiversity 183-192 (Justin Garson, Anya Plutynski & Sahotra Sarkar eds., New York: Routledge 2017).    [BOOK]
  • Paul Ohm, The Surveillance Regulation Toolkit: Thinking Beyond Probable Cause, in The Cambridge Handbook of Surveillance Law 491-508 (David Gray & Stephen E. Henderson eds., New York: Cambridge University Press 2017).    [BOOK]
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Faculty in the News

"Google's face match feature doesn't work in Illinois and Texas," coverage by CNN Tech, January 17, 2018, quoting Alvaro Bedoya, executive director, Center on Privacy and Technology.

"Why Google Won't Search for Art Look-Alike in Some States," coverage by Fox Business, January 17, 2018, quoting Alvaro Bedoya, executive director, Center on Privacy and Technology. For more on this story, see the ABA Journal.

"Peter Edelman on poverty and criminal justice," coverage by MPR News, January 17, 2018, featuring Peter Edelman.

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