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 over 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 and experiential opportunities through the Food and Agriculture Impact Project.
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 and Agriculture Impact Project supports research and education for farmers, businesses, and food and agriculture organizations. Building on the LL.M. Program’s expertise, the Project provides support and technical assistance on variety of topics, offering students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience while providing valuable resources to the community.”
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 support 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.