Ways To Participate
Ways To Participate
Classes are offered in a number of ways making our program one of the most flexible of its kind.
Face to Face
Candidates who join us in Fayetteville attend classes in a dedicated LL.M. classroom attending classes for 2-4 hours a day four days a week.
Distance candidates join us by live video conference during regular class discussion times whenever possible. Recordings are available for those who miss class, with an associated journal entry typically required.
One Year Program
Candidates can complete the program in as little as 9 months taking 12 credits each term.
Part-time candidates may take as many or as few credits as they like (per semester) and have 4 years to complete the program.
Note: Full-time enrollment for University purposes is defined as 9 credits per term. Students who wish to use financial aid to fund their studies must maintain a minimum of 5 credits each term. Information on enrollment guidelines may be found on the Graduate School website.
Structure of Classes
Each semester we offer a mix of classes in a variety of formats.
Traditional Courses meet each week for 14 weeks in the Fall or Spring semester. These are regular synchronous classes that meet 50 minutes per week per credit. For example, a 2-credit course will meet 100 minutes per week, either once a week (100 minute class session) or twice a week (2 50-minute sessions). Distance students can video-conference into these classes and participate just as though they were present in the classroom. Recordings are available for those who miss class, with an associated journal entry required.
Traditional Half-Semester Courses
Traditional Half-Semester Courses meet each week for 7 weeks in the Fall or Spring semester. These are regular synchronous classes that meet 100 minutes per week per credit, twice as much as a full semester class because the course is condensed into just half of the semester. Distance students can video-conference into these classes and participate just as though they were present in the classroom. Recordings are available for those who miss class, with an associated journal entry required.
Flipped Model Courses combine synchronous instruction and video-conferencing with the best of online education. These courses have carefully developed lessons that students proceed through on their own. Lessons can include readings, video presentations, podcasts, and/or other learning tools to present the course material effectively. In addition to these online lessons, synchronous classroom sessions allow for classroom lectures and group discussion. Distance students participate in these sessions by video conference. These courses may meet each week during part of the semester, every other week, or in one or two condensed sessions. Flipped Model Courses are particularly well adapted to students who have less flexible schedules or have difficulty participating in class during the day. Attendance policies for Flipped Model Courses are set by the professor, although recordings are available for those who miss class, with an associated journal entry typically required.
Condensed Courses bring experts in a specialized area of food and agricultural law to Fayetteville to teach an intense and focused 1-credit class. These condensed courses typically provide 12-14 hours of synchronous instruction concentrated into a 2-4 day period. Our regular classes are cancelled to allow students to focus exclusively on their condensed course. Online work helps students to prepare for the class and written exercises or projects are completed afterwards.
Independent Study Courses
Guided Independent Study Courses are courses that have been developed by one of our professors with required readings and organized lesson plans. There may be recorded lectures that are also available. While the course may be offered as an enrolled class during some semesters, there may be insufficient student interest for the class in other semesters. This option allows students to proceed through the course on their own, with questions, assignments and a final exam handled by a professor in the LL.M. Program. The Independent Study in Agricultural and Food Law typically taken for 1 credit allows the student to explore a new area and produce either a practical project (such as a practice guide or public presentation) or a publishable article while working independently. A faculty sponsor is assigned and available to provide assistance as needed.