What is Administrative Law?

What is Administrative Law?Administrative law refers to the body of law and legal work that encompasses government agencies. Government agencies implement these laws to perform government functions.

These agencies are responsible for creating, implementing, and enforcing various regulations. Administrative law covers all matters related to these activities.

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A Diverse Area of Law

Administrative law is a broad term that covers various types of law. An attorney practicing administrative law may never need to visit a courtroom. Conversely, another administrative lawyer may spend a significant part of their practice lodging legal documents and arguing cases in a formal setting.

Some administrative attorneys spend a vast majority of their time drafting documents, while others experience a lot of public interaction. Effectively, an administrative lawyer is a person who carries out government work or works with government regulations.


Where does administrative law come from?

Administrative law originates in a legislative body. These bodies are the US Congress at the federal level, state representatives at the state level, and local councils and county commissions. These organizations create law either directly or by forming an agency tasked with law creation.

After the legislative body creates the law or forms the agency, the agency is tasked with implementing the law or creating rules.


The Administrative Procedures Act

The U.S. Administrative Procedures Act lays down rules and guidelines for the manner in which administrative agencies must function. The 1946 federal law comprises stringent procedures that administrative agencies must follow while carrying out their work.

The law aims to ensure that administrative agencies are transparent as well as accountable to the public. Lawmakers believe that people should be aware of the operations of the agencies. Furthermore, lawmakers believe that it is advantageous and desirable for the people to be able to provide input into the functioning of these agencies.


Who practices administrative law?

Working for the government

Administrative attorneys can be public as well as private lawyers. Public attorneys operate in a vast array of disciplines within a government agency. Private lawyers may also work for a government agency on a contract basis instead of as an employee, for instance, an attorney offering legal advice to a county sheriff’s department or a town council.


Working on behalf of private clients

Attorneys practice administrative law on behalf of private clients as well. For instance, they may offer assistance to a client in navigating administrative procedure to ensure that they successfully make a specific claim to an agency.

A salient and focused lawyer helping a client make an appeal before a state driver’s license appeal board to have their driver’s license reinstated is an appropriate example of attorneys practicing administrative law on behalf of clients.

They may assist a client in initiating formal court proceedings after the administrative remedies have been exhausted. Moreover, in cases on action to challenge the constitutionality of a law or the legislative authority for a rule or regulation, an administrative law attorney might represent a private client.

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