LL.M. in Agricultural and Food Law
The first advanced law degree in agricultural and food law was founded at the University of Arkansas School of Law more than 30 years ago. The LL.M. in Food and Agricultural Law was also the first to offer a fully integrated opportunity for face-to-face and distance education options. With the LL.M. Program as the foundation, the University of Arkansas School of Law publishes the nation’s first student-edited specialized journal devoted to food law and policy issues and sustains outreach efforts such as the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative and the Food Recovery Project, which connect academic scholarship with critical legal and policy issues.
This unique curriculum offers a full range of specialized classes in agricultural and food law. Courses are offered on a regular semester basis others are condensed to allow for more concentrated study. You may also earn credits with concentrated two- to three-day courses focused on a specific topic. These special intensive classes are often taught by nationally recognized food and agricultural law experts.
Live-stream video-conferences, flipped classes, recorded lectures and guided online study allow you to participate through our innovative distance program. However, attending classes on-campus in Fayetteville offers an expanded curriculum and special experiential opportunities available in Northwest Arkansas.
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to students on campus.
from the blog
This new course focuses on the role landownership and land use plays in the American agriculture. The course examined the history of federal land policy in the U.S. such as the Homestead Act and other land grants in forming our land ownership structure and the current reality of land tenure in the U.S., looking at who owns farmland and in what legal structures.
Professor Susan Schneider teaches agricultural and food law courses and serves as the Director of the School of Law's unique advanced degree program, the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law. Professor Schneider's private practice and advocacy work in agricultural law includes positions with firms in Arkansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Washington, D.C. She is a past president of the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA) and a two-term board member.
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Careers in Agricultural & Food Law
Many of our alumni have been employed by the federal government, working for agencies and as advisors to members of Congress. State agencies including departments of agriculture, natural resources, and environmental quality as well as attorney general’s offices have also employed our graduates.
In practice, Agricultural Law Program alumni have worked both in private law firms (with small, mid-size and large firms) and as corporate counsel to agribusiness.
Our alumni have worked for advocacy groups, trade associations, and non-profit organizations, serving agricultural, consumer, and environmental interests.
And, our alumni have been found in academia, teaching at law schools, undergraduate colleges, through the extension service, and at community colleges