Master of Food and Agriculture Law and Policy (MFALP)

The Master of Food and Agriculture Law and Policy (MFALP) degree program is designed to educate future leaders in food and agricultural law and policy. Through intensive study and practical training, students learn to effectively engage the institutions and individuals that influence food and agriculture law and policy and formulate law and policy solutions.

Program Description

MFALP students can choose from an array of over 50 residential and distance learning courses taught by world-renowned faculty, including those in our renowned Summer Session, as well as optional clinical training in one of the nation's first food and agriculture law clinics. The MFALP trains students in public advocacy and writing for a legal policy audience, offers opportunities for independent research with support from faculty, and opens doors to externships at organizations around the country and the world.

Our unique and comprehensive curriculum, developed by faculty of VLS's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, develops students' advocacy skills in the growing and dynamic area of food and agriculture policy.

Most students complete the 30-credit MFALP program in 12 months, but students have up to five years to obtain their degree. The MFALP is also offered as a joint degree with Vermont Law School's JD, and is open to students enrolled at other law schools who wish to combine it with their JD. Our online courses, Summer Session, and experiential learning opportunities offer flexibility to students pursuing these joint options.

For more information, please review the MFALP 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 master's graduates are the leaders, policymakers, and professionals our communities and our world most desperately need. Master’s alumni careers include:

  • Food Systems Advocate, Revolution Foods
  • Policy Consultant and Legislative Coordinator, Hawaii Center for Food Safety
  • Meat inspection Officer/Consumer Food Safety Regulator, USDA
  • Agricultural Water Quality Specialist, VT Agriculture Agency
  • Community Engagement Coordinator, Grow Food Northampton
  • Litigation Paralegal, Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP
  • Content Manager, Food Tank, Mission Viejo, CA
  • Supplier Quality Assurance, Mars Inc.

Alumni

Libby Reinish MFALP'16

Network Coordinator, PVGrows
A network coordinator with PVGrows in South Deerfield, MA, Libby works to connect a strong community of dedicated local food consumers, a rich agricultural economy, and many organizations committed to working together to advance a more connected food system within the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts.