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]
from the blog

A New Course in Agricultural Land Tenure

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.

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Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Susan SchneiderProfessor 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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Academic Programs

[LL.M. Program]

LL.M. Program

For students seeking a Masters of Law in Agricultural & Food Law

[Non-degree Seeking]

Non-Degree Seeking Students

For students seeking individual courses in Agricultural & Food Law

[Dual Degree Program]

Dual Degree Program

For students seeking a Masters of Law in Agricultural & Food Law and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics

[9hour program]

9-Hour Program

For University of Arkansas 3Ls seeking a Masters of Law in Agricultural & Food Law



Careers in Agricultural & Food Law

[Policy Careers]

Policy

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.

[Practice]

Practice

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.

[Advocacy]

Advocacy

Our alumni have worked for advocacy groups, trade associations, and non-profit organizations, serving agricultural, consumer, and environmental interests.

[Education]

Education

And, our alumni have been found in academia, teaching at law schools, undergraduate colleges, through the extension service, and at community colleges

The LL.M. Program maintains a blog that lists job opportunities for professional positions involved with agriculture or food law and policy. Additional information about agricultural law activities and careers can be found on our blog at agfoodllm.com.