For over thirty years, the University of Arkansas School of Law has been leading the nation in agricultural and food law education, research, and outreach.
We were first to offer an advanced legal degree program in agricultural and food law, first to publish a specialized journal devoted to food law and policy issues and now first to offer a fully integrated opportunity for face-to-face and distance education for law students, attorneys, and graduate students in related disciplines.
Our focus on sustainability, food system resilience, and global food security attracts students from throughout the U.S. and the world.
Our unique curriculum offers a full range of specialized course work in agricultural and food law. Courses are offered on a regular semester basis or condensed to allow more concentrated study. Special 2-3 days classes are taught by visiting professors who are nationally recognized food and agricultural law experts.
Our faculty, alumni, and students are noted for their research and scholarship in agricultural law, food law and policy, sustainability, and indigenous food and agriculture.
And, our real-world approach to addressing current and emerging issues of law and policy leads to meaningful outreach that benefits the region, the nation, and the world.
Our new distance program allows students to participate through live video-conferencing, recorded classes, innovative hybrid courses, or self-paced guided online study, all presented with carefully designed online interaction. Course design assistance from the experienced distance learning professionals at the UA Global Campus assures excellence.
For the distance students, the LL.M. classroom is wherever they are, allowing them to maintain their job and residence elsewhere.
Face-to-face students study with us in beautiful Fayetteville, Arkansas, but also have the opportunity to participate in our innovative distance courses. Unlike most other LL.M. programs, the Arkansas approach provides full integration between enrolled face-to-face students and their online classmates.
LL.M. students attending classes on-campus in Fayetteville benefit from special experiential opportunities available in Northwest Arkansas. These include participation in the Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative, the Food Recovery Project, the Food Resiliency Initiative, and high-level food and agriculture externships. And, of course, they get to experience the charm of Fayetteville, Arkansas, first hand. A limited number of Graduate Assistantships are available to face-to face students.
Who can take LL.M. Classes?
In addition to LL.M. degree candidates, J.D. students, practicing attorneys, and graduate students in related disciplines may be allowed to enroll in our specialized agricultural and food law classes for non-degree credit.
- A number of LL.M. courses are open to JD students in good standing. This includes law students enrolled at University of Arkansas School of Law as well as students at other accredited law schools.
- LL.M. alumni and other attorneys can take many of the LL.M. classes, and the class may qualify for CLE credit (subject to their state CLE rules).
- Graduate students working in a related discipline may also be allowed to take LL.M. courses. This includes graduate students enrolled at University of Arkansas School of Law as well as students in other accredited graduate programs.
Interested students and attorneys should contact the Program Administrator, Sarah Hiatt, for the current class schedule and information about enrollment.
The School of Law cooperates with the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences to offer a dual-degree program leading to the LL.M. in Agricultural & Food Law and Master of Science in agricultural economics degrees.
Each program applies its own admission standards. For further information on the master’s in agricultural economics, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Professor Jennie Popp by phone (479) 575-2279 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opportunities for J.D. Students
Elective Food and Agricultural Law Courses Available
J.D. students in good standing at the University of Arkansas School of Law have the opportunity to enroll in many of the specialized LL.M courses as electives in the J.D. program. Food Law & Policy, Agriculture & the Environment, Selected Issues in Food Law, and Agricultural Bankruptcy have all been popular choices for J.D. enrollment.
The Journal of Food Law & Policy
School of Law students that are interested in food law and/or scholarly writing have an opportunity to apply for positions on the Journal of Food Law and Policy, a student edited professional journal.
The Nine Hour Program
A School of Law student who is within nine hours of completing the total credit hours required to earn a J.D. degree may be admitted conditionally to the graduate law program. This allows students to begin their LL.M. coursework during their final semester of law school. Credits are assigned to either the J.D. program or the LL.M. program but cannot be counted toward both degrees. In order to be admitted to the nine-hour program, a J.D. student must:
- obtain advance approval from the Graduate Legal Studies Committee;
- obtain advance approval from the director of the graduate law program for credits to be applied toward the LL.M. degree; and
- earn a grade of 2.5 or higher in each course to be applied toward the LL.M. degree.
A student who satisfies these requirements and who is subsequently awarded a J.D. degree will be admitted to the graduate program as a degree candidate, unless the Graduate Legal Studies Committee determines that there are substantial grounds for revocation of the conditional admission.