MSU College of Law

Information on how to get help from the Food Law Clinic

The Food Law Clinic provides legal representation to individuals, large corporate farms, small for-profit farms, nonprofit organizations and farms, community & religious organizations, and food based businesses located in Detroit and throughout surrounding communities, in the areas of urban agriculture production, policy/statutory reformation, applying for Tax-Exempt Status, corporate formation/business law, regulatory compliance, liability, land use/acquisition and contract drafting/interpretation.

Another feature of the clinic is promoting community development and advance urban agriculture and related activities through hosting complimentary educational seminars for members of the community who are interested in obtaining legal knowledge in areas including but not limited to: land acquisition, selecting the appropriate entity, intellectual property, applying for Tax-Exempt Status, conventional and innovative land use arrangements, interpreting contracts in urban agriculture, and certification/compliance options for locally grown produce.  Here is an example of a presentation that we have offered in the past (PDF).

To receive legal services from the Food Law Clinic, please review the informational packet (PDF), complete the client application (PDF), and return the completed application to our East Lansing office via mail, email, or facsimile.