Curriculum and Degree Requirements
LL.M. students with a J.D. must successfully complete at least 24 credits, including the following courses. Each course is worth 3 credits.
- Four or more of the following:
- Administrative Food Law (Food Safety Focus)
- Agriculture and Regulation
- Survey of Intellectual Property in Agriculture
- Biotechnology Law and Food Products
- Food Regulation in the U.S.
- One or more of the following:
- Food Regulation in the European Union
- Food Regulation in Canada
- International Food Law
- No more than one of the following:
- Animal Health, World Trade, and Food Safety (OIE—World Organization for Animal Health)
- Codex Alimentarius (The World Food Code)
- Food Regulation in Latin America
- Food Regulation in Asia
At least four of the above courses must originate at MSU Law. Students may transfer up to 12 credits earned in the International Food Law Internet Certificate Program upon acceptance into the LL.M. or M.J. program at MSU College of Law.
M.J. and LL.M. students without a J.D. must complete an additional 3-credit Foundations of Law and Legal Research course, for a program total of at least 27 credits.
Students will work with an advisor to enroll in the courses of their choice in any given semester, choosing from the menu of courses provided by the Law College and the Institute for Food Laws and Regulations at Michigan State University. If a student wishes to take a course through the Institute, they will enroll in that course through the College of Law, rather than through the Institute. All billing will also be done through the College of Law.
All program course work must be successfully completed within five academic years.