Sunday, April 27, 2014

LL.M. Program: Agricultural and Food Law Opportunities

I am looking forward to blogging about the robotic milking technology that Jim Chen @chenx064 tweeted about this week, and I will get to that first thing tomorrow.

Today, I'd like to do a brief announcement / recruiting pitch. We have some exciting opportunities for recent law graduates and experienced attorneys who are interested in the subjects we write about in this blog -  agriculture, food, rurality, sustainability, natural resources, and the environment. I am sure that Agricultural Law readers will agree that there are fascinating, important, and incredibly complex issues in this area.

The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law is pleased to announce an expanded curriculum that includes new courses on emerging issues such as urban agriculture, food justice, and local/regional foods. Changes in the 2014 Farm Bill, including the farm programs, crop insurance, enhanced support for organic agriculture, and the nutrition programs are incorporated throughout our curriculum.

A limited number of Graduate Assistantships are available to LL.M. Candidates who attend the Program face-to-face. These provide for a full tuition waiver plus a small stipend.  As our alumni have learned, Northwest Arkansas is beautiful place to live and study.  Full time, the program takes just two semesters.

For information on agricultural & food law employment opportunities, view the list of jobs that our recent alumni have landed. This list is all the more impressive when you realize that we have admitted only 10-15 students per year.

 We are also excited to launch a distance degree option for our Program beginning Fall 2014. Full, part-time, and non-degree enrollment options are available.
  • The distance option offers full integration with our longstanding face-to-face program. Distance students will have the opportunity to participate in on-campus classes through synchronous videoconferencing. Classroom capture and online exercises will allow participation when video-conferencing is not convenient. 
  • Innovative hybrid courses using a flipped model of instruction will also be available to both face-to-face students and online students. 
  • Our approach to distance education is being guided by the course design and technology professionals at the University of Arkansas Global Campus.  Unlike many other distance programs, ours is run 100% by our university and fully within our careful control. No private, for-profit corporations are involved.
  • Condensed course taught by recognized leaders in the ag & food community will continue to be available to all in an intensive conference-style format. 
For more information, the slideshow Why Study Agricultural & Food Law is helpful.  Our blog, agfoodllm chronicles information about our classes, our students, and our alumni.

And, our new program flyer explains our approach.

Interested attorneys and law students can contact me directly, email the Program at, or call (479) 575-3706.


Susan Schneider


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