LLM in Food and Agriculture Law

The LLM in Food and Agriculture Law degree program is designed for students who have already earned a law degree and wish to pursue intensive study and practical training in food and agricultural law. The program is open to students who have graduated with a JD degree from a U.S. law school as well as those who have received a law degree in another country.

Program Description

Our comprehensive food and agriculture curriculum, developed by faculty of VLS's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, includes residential and online courses, as well as one of the first food and agriculture law clinics in the country. Because of its systems-based approach to food and agriculture law, and its location in a state recognized as a leader in sustainable food and agricultural policy, Vermont Law School offers students a unique educational opportunity. Choosing from over 50 courses in environmental law and policy—the widest range of courses offered by any law school—LLM candidates each design a curriculum that matches their personal objectives. They also participate in a special LLM seminar focusing on advanced research topics related to food and agricultural law and policy.

Full-time LLM students ordinarily complete the degree requirements in 12 months. Students can begin their studies in either summer or fall semesters, and may take up to five years from the date of matriculation to complete the degree.

For more information, please review the LLM in Food and Agriculture Law Program Planning Guidelines.

At A Glance

Program Center: Center for Agriculture and Food Systems
Location: Online, on campus, or a hybrid of both
Credit Requirements: 30 credits

Careers and Alumni

Vermont Law School LLM graduates are the leaders, policymakers, and professionals our communities and our world most desperately need. LLM alumni careers include:

  • Director: Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic, West Virginia College of Law
  • Policy and Research Program Manager, Maine Farmland Trust
  • Associate Chief Counsel, Food and Drug Administration