October 25, 2017
Professor Michael Herz

October 25, 2017 U.S. News & World Report - An article in U.S. News & World Report says that those interested in public policy should consider specializing in administrative law. It recommends choosing a law school with a strong administrative law program that includes opportunities for hands-on experience.

Michael Herz, Arthur Kaplan Professor of Law and co-director of Cardozo’s Israeli Supreme Court Project, told U.S. News & World Report that despite the popular impression, more lawyers end up with an agency practice than with a trial practice.

Herz says those who are detail-oriented and have a strong interest in an area “where regulations are of paramount importance, such as environmental or labor policy,” are best suited to administrative law.

“Just like in your own life, if you think about how many times you’ve been to court, I hope it’s zero, but it’s certainly a low number, and then if you think about how much contact you’ve had with an agency – the DMV, the IRS, the Social Security Administration, who knows – it’s pretty constant," he says. "And that is true of most people and therefore of most clients and therefore of most lawyers."

Herz said that administrative law demands precision and an attention to detail that may not be the perfect fit for everyone. "This is a field where you have to come to grips with some minutiae," he says. "It’s unavoidable.”

Read the article in U.S. News & World Report