Costs and Financial Aid
The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law is one of the most affordable LL.M. opportunities available.
Tuition and Fees
LL.M. students only pay for the credits that they take each semester. Most LL.M. classes are one or two credits.
On-campus students who are Arkansas residents pay $497.60 per credit hour. Non-residents of Arkansas pay $1,198.50 per credit hour. In addition to tuition, the University assesses additional fees of $73.52 per credit. On-campus students can view their tuition and fees using the UA Estimator tool.
Distance students are given the in-state tuition rate regardless of their state of residency; for 2021-22, this is $497.60 per credit. Distance students also pay reduced fees, $46.51 per credit. See University of Arkansas Online Master of Laws.
Several Graduate Assistantships (GAs) are available each year, offering a tuition waiver, a monthly stipend, and access to University health insurance at a shared cost. The exact number of GAs and the work assignments available change on an annual basis. Past awards have included the opportunity to work with the Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative and with the Journal of Food Law & Policy.
Competition for a GA position is high, and the awards are primarily merit-based. Only on-campus students are eligible. GA awards are made after a candidate has been admitted to the LL.M. Program.
Scholarships and Fellowships
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.
Domestic LL.M. candidates are eligible to apply for the University of Arkansas Graduate School Benjamin Lever Tuition Fellowship. This award is designed to increase diversity within degree programs by providing financial assistance to graduate students from underrepresented groups. A limited number of fellowships are available each year. More information on this fellowship is available on the Graduate School website.
External scholarships can often be applied to LL.M. studies at the University of Arkansas. For example have admitted international students with Fulbright scholarships and frequently have RUSLEF students in the Program.