LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law
The LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law was the first of its kind when it was founded 40 years ago. Today, it continues to lead the nation in this important area of law, connecting lawyers to our food system, from farm to plate.
We offer an expansive and fully-integrated curriculum instructed by nationally-recognized scholars and practitioners for full- and part-time students. Students attend on-campus or by distance. Our distance students have the opportunity to participate in live classes by video-conference, with recorded classes and online opportunities to provide flexible programming. Our LL.M. candidates are also supported by a network of almost 400 alumni who provide mentoring.
Along with providing an exceptional agricultural and food law curriculum designed specifically for LL.M. students, the University of Arkansas School of Law publishes the Journal of Food Law & Policy, is home to the nationally acclaimed Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative and provides outreach opportunities such as the Food Recovery Project for its students. .
Take the Next Step
This special course celebrates 40+ years of LL.M. graduates by asking some of our most distinguished alumni to teach about a substantive area of law from their current practice/teaching experience. Each week features a different alum and a new topic. The course not only explores new areas of agricultural and food law, but also showcases the many career opportunities available, connecting current students to leaders in the field.
The Food Recovery Project supports efforts to enhance sustainability and justice in the U.S. food system by examining laws and proposing new policies that promote food conservation. We use our expertise in agriculture and food law to explain the intersection of existing laws and regulations and the dichotomy of food waste and hunger. By building on our knowledge of the food system and engaging with diverse stakeholders, we recommend new strategies and policies designed not only to reduce food waste, but also to ensure that food and the recourses embedded in it are put to the highest and best possible uses based on community needs.
What We Offer
What Can You Do with an LL.M. Degree?
By completing the 24 credit hours required for this degree, dozens of career paths become available. The specialized expertise provided by the LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law prepares students for careers in everything from policy to education.
Opportunities for program alumni are available in the federal government and at state agencies, including departments of agriculture, natural resources, and environmental quality.
Practice & Business
In practice, program alumni work in private law firms and as corporate counsel, representing farmers, food businesses, consumers, and environmental advocates. In business, alumni work in leadership and compliance.
Our alumni have worked for advocacy groups, trade associations, and non-profit organizations, serving agricultural, consumer, and environmental interests.
Alumni also pursue roles in academia, teaching at law schools, undergraduate colleges, through the extension service, and at community colleges.