No period in American history has ushered in more sweeping changes in the legal structure than has the last decade and a half. No area of the law has witnessed more rapid development than has administrative law. A sketch of the progress of administrative law during the five-year period 1940 to 1945 reveals an important refining of the "quasi judicial" procedures--procedures which, because of their swift and topsy-turvy growth, can well use a little refining.

The purpose of the following survey is two-fold; first, to outline the more significant developments of the last half decade, relating the new materials to the earlier doctrines and cases, thus furnishing a framework both for refreshing in the earlier law and familiarizing with the more recent; and, second, to furnish by suggestion and documentation sufficient bibliographical and other material to enable anyone who is seriously interested, to pursue on his own initiative a more intensive examination of the progress of administrative law during the war years. There is no pretense of exhaustive exposition; there is merely a suggestive survey. Moreover, the survey concerns only the procedural aspects of the law of administrative agencies. No attempt is made to invade the vast reaches of substantive law enforced by them.