Administrative law (rules and regulations) is the body of law enacted and enforced by agencies. This Law Library of Congress guide cites resources for locating and identifying U.S. federal administrative law using primary and secondary sources.
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Elizabeth Osborne, Senior Legal Reference Librarian, Law Library of Congress
Barbara Bavis, Bibliographic and Research Instruction Librarian, Law Library of Congress
Anna Price, Legal Reference Specialist, Law Library of Congress
Note: This guide is adapted from a research guide originally written by Senior Legal Reference Librarian Emily Carr and published on the Law Library's website.
Created: November 30, 2020
Last Updated: May 19, 2021
Administrative law (commonly called regulatory law) is law promulgated and enforced by an administrative body (usually an agency) according to that body’s area of responsibility. Administrative law sometimes receives less attention than its more prominent "law" siblings (statutes and case law), but from building a bridge to baking a bundt (and everything in between), administrative law has a big impact on the everyday lives of citizens.
This research guide focuses on primary and secondary sources of administrative law promulgated by federal agencies. The Law Library of Congress has also published the following related research guides: