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Administrative Law

  • Section Template
  • 3 Credits
  • 04/30/2013 to 01/01/2075
  • Modified 12/15/2020


The relationship of governmental administrative agencies to private citizens is explored by studying how law is created and enforced by such agencies at the state and federal levels. Paralegal students will focus on topics including rule making procedures, regulations, adjudication, licensing, and informal action. (As Needed)


Prerequisite: Minimum 2.0 in (LEGL 115 or concurrently) and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

Contact Hours






Total Hrs


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify the federal rulemaking and adjudication processes.
  2. List the required elements of the Federal Administrative Procedures Act sections 553 through 557.
  3. Define formal rulemaking, formal adjudication, informal rulemaking, and informal adjudication.
  4. Define and apply the concept of administrative estoppel at the federal and state levels.
  5. Evaluate a set of facts and apply the rules of administrative law to them.
  6. List and apply the sections and amendments of the U.S. Constitution relevant to administrative law.
  7. Define the paralegal's role in an administrative law case.
  8. Utilize the due process concept to determine the required level of formality required by a set of facts.
  9. Define the due process test.
  10. List the exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act.
  11. List the exemptions to the Open Meetings Act.
  12. List and apply the investigative tools available to an administrative agency.
  13. List and apply the elements of judicial review of agency actions.



Student Electronic Access to Grades

D2L is the College’s Course Management System which includes a gradebook function allowing students access to their grades in order to receive timely and meaningful feedback on their progress in the course at any time. These grades will align with the Evaluation Criteria listed in this syllabus. D2L is accessed through the MyLCC page.

Whenever practicable, results for graded items should be posted electronically within 48 hours after the instructor has completed the grading process for the items, and final grades for the course should be entered no later than the specified grading day.


Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Assignments 0-20%
Class Attendance

See Paralegal Program Attendance Policy below.

Class Participation 0-10%
Exams or Tests 50-80%
Final Exam 0-10%
Quizzes 0-40%
Reports/Presentations 10-20%


College Standard




College Grading Standards

Recommended Guidelines for Student Grades

4.0  --- Excellent

4.0     ---     91 – 100%

3.5  --- ---------

3.5     ---     86 – 90%

3.0  --- Good

3.0     ---     81 – 85%

2.5  --- ---------

2.5     ---     76 – 80%

2.0  --- Satisfactory

2.0     ---     71 – 75%

1.5  --- ---------

1.5     ---     66 – 70%

1.0  --- Poor

1.0     ---     60 – 65%

0.0  --- --------

0.0     ---       0 – 59%

Course Policies

Paralegal Program Attendance Policy

Student attendance is related to student success in academia. As a result, the paralegal program adopts this attendance policy to promote excellent attendance in the class to enhance student success in the course and to enhance student attainment of their professional career goal to become a successful paralegal.    

At Lansing Community College, a student is expected to participate in all sessions of a course.  This includes attending all traditional class meetings or regularly participating on the discussion boards for on-line classes and turning in fully completed acceptable quality assignments. Not meeting these requirements is considered non-participation/non-attendance and may result in an academic penalty or even a failing grade for the course.  

There is no make-up for participation points so attendance affects a student’s grade for the course, regardless of the circumstances for not attending. However, a student who does not attend class is still responsible for completing all work in the course on the same due dates that are specified for students who did attend class.  Students are expected to regularly attend class, be on time, and stay for the entire class session since class meetings or course contact hours over the 16-week semester determine the credits awarded for all classes including ABA approved legal specialty courses.  In addition, regular attendance in legal specialty courses allows students to model legal professionalism. 

  • Missing 16 or more course/class hours of a face-to-face class or two (2) weeks of an online class for a four (4)-credit class will earn a failing grade. 
  • Missing 12 or more course/class hours of a face-to-face class or one (1) week of an online class for a three (3)-credit class will earn a failing grade.
  • Missing 8 or more course/class hours of a face to face class or one (1) week of an online class for a two (2) credit class or one (1) credit class will earn a failing grade. 

If a student is unable to satisfy attendance requirements, then it is the student’s responsibility to complete the necessary paperwork to withdraw from the course pursuant to Lansing Community College policies and procedures. Incomplete policies are separate and distinct from the attendance policy with procedures that must be satisfied by the student and instructor. 

For online students not logging in, not completing assignments, not posting online discussions, not taking quizzes, exams, or not participating in group activities are methods the instructor can use to determine participation.  These are the same methods instructors use in a face- to- face class.

Class Attendance/Participation


Extra Credit

Extra credit may be available in this course. This information is provided by the section instructor.

Institutional Policies

Academic Success Coaches

At Lansing Community College, student success is our top priority.  Our Academic Success Coaches mentor students to help them meet their educational, personal and career goals.  LCC faculty or staff may refer you to an Academic Success Coach if they recognize that mentoring or assistance may be helpful to you. Please monitor your LCC email for referral notifications.  Your participation in academic success coaching is voluntary.

In addition, we encourage you to contact an Academic Success Coach on your own if you need help, guidance or assistance to reach your goals.  To contact an Academic Success Coach, call (517) 483-1422, email [email protected], or visit the Academic Success Coaching Team website for more information.

Disability Statement

Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Center for Student Access, Gannon Building, Star Zone - Center for Student Support, via the Center for Student Access website, or by calling (517) 483-5323 as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

Enrollment Verification

Class attendance and participation are essential to student success. Instructors will update class rosters by the 8th day after the start date of sections less than 8 weeks long, and by the 15th day after the start date of sections 8 weeks or longer to accurately reflect student enrollment in each course. Students who have not attended by these dates may be administratively dropped and responsible for any required tuition and fee charges.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Lansing Community College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and equal education for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or that is unrelated to the person’s ability to participate in educational programs, courses services or activities offered by the college.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Sarah Velez, Human Resource Manager/Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1874; Christine Thompson, Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1261.

Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines

LCC supports a positive learning environment that provides opportunities for student success. The College recognizes the value and importance of a safe and orderly learning environment that encourages honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct. The Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines ensure the protection of student rights and the health and safety of the College community, as well as aid in the efficient operation of College programs. In addition, the College has established procedures for addressing reports of alleged violations.                 

It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with, and abide by, the Student Code of Conduct, as well as the General Rules and Guidelines. Furthermore, the instructor may establish reasonable guidelines within the classroom environment. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines may be reported to the Office of Student Compliance.

Transfer Potential

For transfer information, please consult the LCC Transfer webpage.  In addition, the Michigan Transfer Network website allows students the ability to search courses and discover how those courses transfer to colleges and universities statewide.

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) simplifies the transfer of students from one Michigan institution to another. For the most current information, see the LCC General Education webpage.

For additional transfer information contact the Academic Advising Center in the Gannon Building - Star Zone, (517) 483-1904.

Compliance with COVID-19 Safety Precautions

All students, employees and visitors have a part to play in keeping the LCC community safe.  Everyone entering campus is required to adhere to the safety measures as outlined on the Spring Refresh 2021 webpage. Reports of noncompliance will be submitted to the Student Compliance Office for appropriate action.  Students with questions or concerns should email [email protected].

Media Release Statement

Photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be taken for College-related business, in connection with their enrollment or participation in LCC activities without compensation from LCC, its Trustees, officers, directors, employees, students and agents of each of them, and photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be used for any legal purposes.

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