Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fall Classes Announced: Degree and Non-degree Opportunities

LL.M. Program in Agric. & Food Law

University of Arkansas School of Law

2015 Fall Courses 


We offer a full curriculum of specialized LL.M. courses each semester.  For Fall 2015, we will be offering our usual core courses, plus an exciting mix of new classes that address some of the most compelling new issues in agricultural and food law today.

The Fall semester begins with orientation on August 25. The first class will be a condensed course August 26-28.  The last day of classes for the semester is December 4, 2015.  The final exam period will be from December 7 – 18, 2015, although most LL.M. examinations are “take-home” projects that can be completed from any location.

We now accept full time and part time degree candidates, and some of our courses are open to professionals who just want to take one or two classes for non-degree credit, often obtaining CLE or other professional credit.  For more information visit our website or email LLm@uark.edu

In addition to the classes listed below, we will offer a special session, Food & Agriculture Conversations that will involve guest speakers and a dialogue on current issues. These will be scheduled on Tuesdays, from 11:00 – 11:50 and will complement our other classes.

Food Law & Policy
Susan Schneider
2 credit full-semester course (required for LL.M. degree)
LAWW 7862
Wednesday, 9:00 – 10:40 a.m.
An introduction to the network of laws that govern our food system. An overview of regulation by both the Food & Drug Administration and the USDA is provided. Policy considerations are discussed in light of current issues.

Agriculture & the Environment 
Christopher Kelley
2 credit full-semester course (required for the LL.M. degree)
LAWW 7962
Thursday, 10:00 – 11:40 a.m.
Agriculture is increasingly criticized for its impact on the environment. This course examines the tensions between the desire to produce food and fiber efficiently and concern for sustainability and the protection of natural resources.

Food, Farming & Sustainability (Survey of Agricultural Law)
Susan Schneider
2 credit full-semester course
LAWW 7412
Friday, 9:00 – 10:40
This course provides a survey of the complex legal topics that make up the body of agricultural and food law focusing on current issues of significance.

The Right to Food
Uche Ewelukwa
1 credit half-semester course (Aug. 25 – Oct. 8)
LAWW 500(1)
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.
This course will provide an overview of the historical development of the right to food, evaluate the rights, obligations and responsibilities of rights-holders and duty-bearers of the right to food, and will examine legal and non-legal mechanisms that are increasingly used to adjudicate the right to food.

Business, Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility in the Food/Ag Sector
Uche Ewelukwa
1 credit half-semester course (Oct. 13 – Dec. 3)
LAWW 500(1)
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.
The course explores the business-human rights nexus with a particular focus on the food and agricultural sector and on case studies from around the world. The course introduces students to the linkages between business and human rights from a variety of (legal, regulatory, and policy) perspectives.

Specialized Legal Research and Writing
Christopher Kelley
1 credit full-semester, pass/fail course
LAWW 7231
Tuesday, 10:00 – 10:50 p.m.
Legal writing skill development, including training in plain-English legal writing, electronic research training, and publication strategies. This course will assist students in planning to meet the LL.M. writing requirement.

Urban Agriculture Law & Policy
Nicole Civita
LAWW 7741
1 credit full semester distance course
Video-conferences TBA
Study of the legal issues raised by the rising interest in urban agricultural activities.  Topics of study include land use and zoning issues, farmers market issues, and legal issues associated with community-sponsored agriculture.

Courses Available Only to LL.M. Degree Candidates:

An Introduction to the Law of Food & Agriculture  
Neil Hamilton
1 credit condensed course
LAWW 7511
Tentatively scheduled for Aug. 26- 28, 2015
Introductory course that provides an overview of the legal and policy issues presented by the production of food and fiber, including a discussion of structural changes in agriculture, sustainability issues, and trends in consumer interest.

Agricultural Policy & the Federal Budget 
David Grahn
1 credit condensed course
LAWW 7321
Tentatively scheduled for Nov. 9 – 11, 2015
Study of the impact of the Office of Management and Budget and the cost scoring system on federal agricultural policy making in Washington, D.C.  Current farm policy issues are discussed within the context of budgetary constraints and pressures.

Special Topics: Research in Agricultural & Food Law Issues for the Arkansas Dept. of Agriculture
Wesley Ward and Cynthia Edwards
LAWW 771V
(1 credit – full semester)
New opportunity to work with our alumni serving as Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Agriculture on legal issues that arise. Limited to 1 or 2 students; selection by application.

Independent Research in Agricultural & Food Law
LAWW 771V
 (1-2 credits)
Independent research in agricultural and food law conducted under the supervision of a faculty member.

Advanced Legal Research & Writing (1 credit independent writing project; satisfies the legal writing requirement; grade based on final written product)
LAWW 770V
(1-2 credits)
Research in a specialized area of agricultural or food law and development of a paper that demonstrates rigorous legal analysis and quality legal writing.

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