What is Administrative Law?

“Administrative law deals with the field of legal control exercised by law-administering agencies other than courts, and the field of control exercised by courts over such agencies.”    

– Justice Felix Frankfurter (1927)

Administrative law is to labor law, securities regulation, and tax what civil procedure is to contracts, torts, and commercial law. [It] studies the way government institutions do things.”

– Charles H. Koch (1997)

Administrative law encompasses regulations, orders, and decisions propagated by governmental agencies.

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What is the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal?

Founded on a commitment to excellence, the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal (ALJ) is a student-organized, student-led publication that prides itself on producing a scholarly and professional publication focused on Texas Administrative Law. The ALJ is the only journal in Texas, and one of two journals nationally, that focuses on administrative law.

The ALJ consists of second- and third-year law students who devote substantial amounts of time to editing, shelf-checking, and publishing papers submitted by professionals regarding various administrative law topics. The ALJ offers membership to a few unique and talented individuals who take part in the joint “Write-On” Competition sponsored by the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal, the Estate Planning & Community Property Law Journal, the Texas Tech Law Review, and the Business & Bankruptcy Law Journal at the end of each spring semester. In addition, ALJ students use the skills learned during their tenure on the ALJ to research and write a scholarly comment of their own, the best of which are published in the ALJ and on ALJOnline. These efforts benefit students through enhanced legal writing skills, opportunities to work with practicing attorneys, and improved career opportunities.

In partnership with the State Bar of Texas, the ALJ publishes both professional and student articles in two volumes distributed to thousands of practitioners, judges, and justices in Texas, as well as fifteen other states. In addition, attorneys around the nation may access the ALJ via both Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis.  As a result of its commitment to excellence, the ALJ has become well known among practicing attorneys and has helped earn much-deserved appreciation and admiration for both Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University School of Law.

The ALJ has two law school faculty advisers who help the student staff publish its biannual journals–Professor Brian Shannon and Professor Richard Murphy.

How do I Become a Member?

The ALJ offers membership to a few unique and talented individuals who participate in the joint “Write-On” Competition at the end of the spring semester at the end of their first year. Interested applicants must attend a mandatory meeting that will be announced early in the spring.

If you are a transfer student interested in joining the ALJ, you must participate in the “Write-On” Competition at the end of your 1L year. The same deadlines for completion of the write-on packet apply to both currently enrolled students as well as potential transfer students. To obtain a write-on packet, please contact Law Review secretary Donna Jones at donna.jones@ttu.edu by May 1st.