Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fall Schedule Announced

We are pleased to offer a full curriculum of specialized LL.M. courses each semester. For Fall 2016, 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. Contact us at or 479-575-3706 for more information.

Food Law & Policy
Susan Schneider
2 credit full-semester course
Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:40 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
Thursday, 9:00 – 10:40 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
Friday, 10:00 – 11:40 a.m.

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
Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 – 11:50 a.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 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
Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 – 11:50 a.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 course
Tuesday, 10:00 – 10:50 a.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
1 credit half semester distance course
Thursday, 3:40 – 5:00 p.m. (beginning Sept. 22 and concluding Nov. 3)

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. 

An Introduction to the Law of Food & Agriculture
Neil Hamilton
1 credit condensed course
Scheduled for Aug. 17- 19, 2016

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
Scheduled for Nov. 9 – 11, 2016 (tentative)

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. 

Independent Research in Agricultural & Food Law
 (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)

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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