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Course Details

Course Code: PADM611 Course ID: 3551 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course provides an introduction to the law and legal system as it applies to public administration and policy. It covers the interrelation of norms, moral codes and formal laws. The attempt to address social concerns with new laws and regulations has created increased pressure in the courts and legislative chambers. This course examines the sources, influences, operation and consequences of law and public policy formation, and analyzes public policy initiatives from political and legal aspects as to their intentions, achievable aims, and intended and unintended outcomes.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

  1. Analyze the nature of law and its limits for governing behavior utilizing Supreme Court decisions.
  2. Evaluate the restrictions on federal government action under regulatory guidance or case law.
  3. Evaluate the Constitutional restraints/requirements for public officials as they apply to the rights of the individual citizen.
  4. Distinguish how an executive agency makes rules and regulations.
  5. Examine Federal regulations and laws in the public policy process.
  6. Analyze the application of regulatory and case law guidance on complex legal and diverse cultural situations.
  7. Interpret common constitutional issues presented in public service controversies and their ethical implications for solving public problems.

NOTE: Rubrics for the forums can be found in the gradebook by clicking on the symbol by the forum entry. Rubrics for the assignments can be found by clicking on the blue and white square by assignments.

Self Introduction: The first forum includes a self-introduction, which should include your name, where you are located (country, state, or city), what your current job title is, where you received your undergraduate degree and in what field, any information you care to share about your family and hobbies, and what you hope to get out of the course.

This introduction needs to be at least 250 words and posted during the first week of the class. Do not attach your posting to the forum, type it into the comments box. Failure to complete this forum by the end of the first week of class will result in you being dropped from the course.

Forum Questions: You will have 8 forums, though the forums may have several parts. For our forum discussions we will be analyzing concepts raised in the text, related readings, or current events. Postings and replies should be free of any spelling or grammar errors and proper attribution given to sources.

Questions and topics posed in the Forums are designed to promote thought and insight. Students must provide a critical review of the questions, topics and issues posed and substantively reply to the contributions of at least three peers. Individual postings should include a full discussion of the content of the question posed and explain how it relates to the concepts in the weekly text readings and other resources. The postings should be analytic in nature and include comparisons/contrasts, and examples that can bolster your point. The Forum is for your benefit and it is important to respond to the discussion topic and to engage others in a running dialogue.

Your initial post should be made by Thursday this week. You should then respond to 3 or more posts. Note that at least one response to your classmates must be made before Sunday. If you make all of your responsive posts on Sunday, you will not earn full points for timeliness.

This can be accomplished by

· Validating with additional evidence from the literature.

· Posing a thoughtful question with commentary which generates further discussion.

· Providing an alternative point-of-view, with evidence and examples.

· Offering additional insight into how the concept might be understood, with evidence provided with real world examples.

You should be active in the classroom throughout the week and actively engaged in the back-and-forth discussion between your colleagues and the professor.

The forum grading rubric can be found in gradebook by clicking on the forum entry.

Oral Argument: This assignment will give you an inside look at the Supreme Court! You are to listen to an oral argument and write a one-page opinion piece on your thoughts as you listen. Then look at the holding and see if you were able to predict the result!

Library/Regulation Assignment: Please see the assignment section for details.

Final Regulatory Analysis: Please see the assignment section for the details on your final research paper.

NameGrade %
Discussion Forums 30.00 %
Forum 1 0.37 %
Forum 1.2 3.70 %
Forum 2 3.70 %
Forum 3 3.70 %
Forum 4 3.70 %
Forum 5 3.70 %
Forum 6 3.70 %
Forum 7 3.70 %
Forum 8 3.70 %
Oral Argument Assignments 20.00 %
Oral Argument - Week 2 10.00 %
Oral Argument - Week 3 10.00 %
Library/Regulatory Assignment 20.00 %
Library/Regulation Assignment- Week 6 20.00 %
Research Paper 30.00 %
Regulatory Analysis - Week 8 30.00 %

There is no required text for this class. However, a list of required journal articles follows by week. These readings are conveniently available in the course lessons or you can find them by copying the title and pasting it into the search box after you log into the APUS library site. They should all be available in full text versions.

Readings PADM611

Week One – Constitutional Principles

Fallon, R. H., Jr. (2015). The many and varied roles of history in constitutional adjudication. Notre Dame Law Review, 90(5), 1794.

Tyler, A. L. (2015). Assessing the role of history in the federal courts canon: A word of caution. Notre Dame Law Review, 90(5), 1739.

Drakeman, D. L. (2014). WHAT'S THE POINT OF ORIGINALISM? Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, 37(3), 1123-1150. Retrieved from

Week Two – Bill of Rights

Strossen, N. (2014). TEXTUALISM AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS. Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, 37(3), 721-727. Retrieved from

Eskridge,Charles R., I.,II. (2014). MODERN LESSONS FROM ORIGINAL STEPS TOWARDS THE AMERICAN BILL OF RIGHTS. Texas Review of Law & Politics, 19(1), 25-62. Retrieved from

Bailey, J. D. (2012). Was James Madison Ever for the Bill of Rights?. Perspectives On Political Science, 41(2), 59-66. doi:10.1080/10457097.2012.660441

Week Three – Bill of Rights, cont.

Second Amendment

Reynolds, G. H. (2016). Second amendment limitations. Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, 14(1), 233.

Miller, D. A. H. (2016). Institutions and the second amendment. Duke Law Journal, 66(1), 69.

Rostron, A. (2016). The second amendment on campus. Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, 14(1), 245.

Greendorfer, M. A. (2016). After obergefell: Dignity for the second amendment. Mississippi College Law Review, 35(1), 128.

Constitutional law - second amendment - ninth circuit holds that concealed carry is not protected by the second amendment. (2017). Harvard Law Review, 130(3), 1024.

Week Four – Freedom of Information

Carroll, E. C. (2016). Protecting the watchdog: Using the freedom of information act to preference the press. Utah Law Review, 2016(2), 193.

Kampas, P. S. (2014). Should everyone know everything?: The freedom of information act vs. governmental and national security. Journal of Biosecurity, Biosafety, and Biodefense Law, 5(1), 129-152. doi:10.1515/jbbbl-2014-0008

Administrative law - freedom of information act - sixth circuit holds that mug shots may be exempt from disclosure under FOIA personal privacy exemption. (2017). Harvard Law Review, 130(3), 1016.

Tunney, S., & Thomas, J. (2015). Public access to NHS financial information: From a freedom of information regime to full open-book governance? Social Theory & Health, 13(2), 116-140. doi:10.1057/sth.2014.19

NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION. Please view comments and regulations concerning the most recent FOIA information at

Week Five – Administrative Law and Procedure

RASO, C. (2015). AGENCY AVOIDANCE OF RULEMAKING PROCEDURES. Administrative Law Review, 67(1), 65-132.

Shapiro, Stuart and Deanna Moran (2016)

The checkered history of regulatory reform since the APA

New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, Volume 19, Issue 1, 141.

Additional Reading on Rulemaking can be found at


Week Six – Legislation and its impact on case law

Orme, J., & Ross-Sheriff, F. (2015). Sex Trafficking: Policies, Programs, and Services. Social Work, 60(4), 287-294. doi:10.1093/sw/swv031

Kubasek, N., & Herrera, K. (2015). COMBATING DOMESTIC SEX TRAFFICKING: TIME FOR A NEW APPROACH. Texas Journal of Women, Gender, and the Law, 24(2), 167-193. Retrieved from

Hamilton, L. R. (2016). Sex trafficking legislation under the scope of the harm principle and moral panic. Hastings Law Journal, 67(2), 531.

Farrell, A., DeLateur, M. J., Owens, C., & Fahy, S. (2016). The prosecution of state-level human trafficking cases in the united states. Anti-Trafficking Review, (6), 48. doi:10.14197/atr.20121664

Barnard, A. M. (2014). "the second chance they deserve": Vacating convictions of sex trafficking victims. Columbia Law Review, 114(6), 1463-1501.

Week Seven – ADR/mediation

Pring, G. (., & Pring, C. (. (2015). Twenty-first century environmental dispute resolution - is there an 'ECT' in your future? dagger]. Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law, 33(1), 10-33. doi:

Marvinney, C. A. (2014). Mediation in the united states circuit courts of appeals: A survey. FDCC Quarterly, 64(1), 53-67. Retrieved from

Webster, M. K. (2015). Alternative courts and drug treatment: Finding a rehabilitative solution for addicts in a retributive system. Fordham Law Review, 84(2), 855.

Additional Reading on the use of ADR in the Government at

Week Eight – Ethics and the Law

Gostin, L. O. (2015). Law, ethics, and public health in the vaccination debates: politics of the measles outbreak. Jama, 313(11), 1099-1100. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.1518

Rauh, J. (2015). Predicting Political Influence on State Ethics Commissions: Of Course We Are Ethical-Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink. Public Administration Review, 75(1), 98-110. doi:10.1111/puar.12290

Gilman, S. C. (2014). Commentary: Codes, Damn Codes, and Laws: Continuing Controversies in Public Administration Ethics. Public Administration Review, 74(5), 571-572. doi:10.1111/puar.12258

Svara, J. H. (2014). Who Are the Keepers of the Code? Articulating and Upholding Ethical Standards in the Field of Public Administration. Public Administration Review, 74(5), 561-569. doi:10.1111/puar.12230

Benavides, A. D., & Dicke, L. A. (2016). Upholding ethical conduct in public professional organizations: An assessment of ICMA's code of ethics. Global Virtue Ethics Review, 7(2), 34.

(2016, March). American Society for Public Administration Code of Ethics. Public Administration Review. p. 210. doi:10.1111/puar.12542.

Doty, P. (2015). Ethics, risk and U.S. government secrecy. Journal of Information Ethics, 24(1), 11-47. Retrieved from

Web Sites

The APUS library offers a fabulous resource, the Library Course Guide! You can find the Guide for this course at and the general PADM guide at .

Please explore all the tabs. The Articles Tab contains many of the Public Administration Journal links and the web resources are extensive.

In addition to the required course readings, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

Yale Law and Policy Review journal

Harvard Institute for Global Law and Policy

Cornell Legal Information Institute

John Jay College of Criminal Justice How to Brief a Case

National Institute of Legal Support – how to brief a case

Administrative Law Cases

Additional Resources

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.