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Administrative Law

  • Section Template
  • 3 Credits
  • 06/03/2022 to 01/01/2075
  • Modified 06/30/2022


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 (ASC)

Student success is our first goal.  Our Academic Success Coaches mentor students to help them meet their educational, personal and career goals.  Faculty or staff may refer you to an ASC for help if you are not doing well in a class. Please watch your LCC email for a referral.

We also suggest you contact an ASC on your own if you need help or advice to reach your goals.  

To contact an ASC, call (517) 483-1422, email [email protected], or visit the Academic Success Coaching Team website for more information.

Disability Statement

Students with disabilities who may need accommodations in this class should contact the Center for Student Access (CSA). They are located in the Gannon Building, Star Zone - Center for Student Support.  You can also access the Center for Student Access website, or call (517) 483-5323.  Contacting the Center early helps ensure that accommodations are put in place as soon as possible.

Enrollment Verification

Instructors will verify participation in a course 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. Students who have not participated will be dropped from the course and may be responsible for any non-refundable fees.

Nondiscrimination Statement

LCC provides equal opportunity for all persons and prohibits discriminatory practices based on 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 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; Human Resource Manager/Employee Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1879; Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-9632.

Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines

The College recognizes the value and importance of a safe and orderly learning environment that supports 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.  The College has established procedures for reporting and addressing alleged violations.                 

Students must follow the Student Code of Conduct and the General Rules and Guidelines. Also, the instructor may establish reasonable guidelines within the classroom. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines may be reported to the Office of Student Compliance.


For transfer information, please consult the LCC Transfer webpage.  In addition, the Michigan Transfer Network website allows students to search how 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.

Students interested in transfer should contact the Academic Advising Center in the Gannon Building - Star Zone, (517) 483-1904.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

All students, employees and visitors have a part to play in keeping LCC safe.  Anyone who enters campus must follow the safety measures outlined on the Keeping LCC Safe webpage. Reports of noncompliance with current work safety rules and public health orders will be sent to the Student Compliance Office for 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.  Photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be used for any legal purposes.

College Catalog

For rules and procedures on matters such as Academic Calendar, Withdrawals, Incompletes, Appeals, etc., please review the College Catalog, and contact your Academic Advisor or Academic Success Coach.

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