The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law is one of the most affordable LL.M. opportunities available.
Resident tuition for 2013-14 is approximately $404 per credit hour for a total tuition cost of $9,696. Non-resident tuition is approximately $886 per credit hour for a total tuition cost of $21,264 per year for the full degree program. The University assesses additional fees totaling approximately $1,240 per year. International students are assessed an additional health insurance charge of $1,334.
Beginning Fall 2014, we expect to offer an expanded LL.M. curriculum, with an expanded LL.M. faculty, and new opportunities for distance education. State-of-the-art technology is being installed in the LL.M. classroom to allow us to connect to students and professors worldwide. Because of these improvements, we anticipate an increase in tuition beginning Fall 2014. Costs will increase but remain significantly lower than average LL.M. Program costs throughout the U.S.
Visit the UA Treasurer’s website to estimate your tuition and fees.
The Graduate School at the University of Arkansas and the School of Law provide for a limited number of Graduate Assistantships (GA) for exceptional LL.M. candidates. These assistantships provide for a full tuition waiver plus a stipend of $3,000 per semester in exchange for the candidate’s work in a variety of legal and teaching capacities. Competition for the Graduate Assistantship positions is high, and the awards are primarily merit-based, although special consideration may also be given to particularly well qualified international candidates.
Graduate Assistantships awards are made after a candidate has been admitted to the LL.M. Program.
The number of GAs available each year is subject to change based on funding and work needs. The 2013-14 LL.M. Program was fortunate to receive funding for nine GAs. Two experienced attorneys received GA awards to teach Legal Research and Writing in the J.D. Program. Another co-teaches an Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiating class taught by the Associate Dean. Two GAs work with the law school’s Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative. Professor Kelley and Professor Schneider each have a dedicated GA for research assistance. One GA works with the University’s Office for Sustainability on food recovery issues. And, the Marler Clark law firm funded the Marler Clark Graduate Assistant position for the fourth consecutive year.
The number of GAs and the work assignments available change on an annual basis.
There are two dedicated scholarship programs associated with the LL.M. Program:
The Leland Leatherman Scholarship is awarded to an LL.M. candidate with interests in agricultural cooperative law. This scholarship was funded by the Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Corporation to honor Mr. Leatherman’s groundbreaking work with agricultural cooperatives.
The Donald B. Pedersen Scholarship, designated to honor former Professor of Law and Director of the LL.M. Program, is awarded to an LL.M. candidate based on academic excellence.
More information on funding and scholarship opportunities for international students can be found on the Resources for International Students page. →