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The Global Food Law Program at Michigan State University’s College of Law offers two master’s degree programs. The Master of Laws (LL.M.) program is for practicing attorneys and those who already hold a law degree. The Master of Jurisprudence (M.J.) program is for students who do not already hold a law degree.

LL.M. students with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from an American university must successfully complete at least 24 credits to graduate. M.J. students and attorneys educated internationally (without a J.D. from an American university) must complete an additional 2-credit Foundations of Law course (807A), for a program total of at least 26 credits to graduate.

Both programs must be completed within five academic years, with a 2.0 minimum cumulative grade point average.

Global Food Law Program Requirements (Effective January 2015):

Required Courses: 9 credits
810A Food Regulation in the U.S.
810D International Food Law
810K Administrative Law: Food Safety and Labeling
Electives: 15 total elective credits required
Minimum of 2 courses from this group of electives:
512B International Business Transactions
512K International Commercial Arbitration
545K Halal Food: An Introduction to Islamic Laws and Ethics
810M Regulation of Agricultural Production and Marketing
810N Survey of Intellectual Property in Agriculture
810P Biotechnology Law and Food Products
810S Current Issues in Food Law Summer Seminar
810T Advertising Law: Food Focus
810U Regulatory Leadership in Food Law
TBD FSMA: Preventive Control for Human Food
TBD FSMA: Produce Safety
TBD FSMA: Foreign Supplier Verification Program
Additional elective options include:
810B Food Regulation in the European Union
810C Food Regulation in Canada
810E Animal Health, World Trade, and Food Safety
810F Codex Alimentarius - The World Food Code
810G Food Regulation in Latin America
810J Food Regulation in Asia (Focus on China)
M.J. Students are also required to take:
807A Foundations of Law and Legal Research

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Master of Laws (LL.M.)

All LL.M. students without a U.S. Juris Doctor (J.D.) must complete 24 credits within five academic years, with a 2.0 minimum cumulative grade point average.

Masters of Jurisprudence (M.J.)

Students who are pursuing the M.J. degree must complete 27 credits, including Foundations of Law and Legal Research, within five academic years, with a 2.0 minimum cumulative grade point average

Program Requirements for LL.M. and M.J.

Category 1 – At least 12 credits from the following courses

LAW 512D International Trade Law
LAW 810K Administrative Law: Focus on Food Safety and Labeling
LAW 810M Regulation of Agricultural Production and Marketing
LAW 810N Survey of Intellectual Property in Agriculture
LAW 810P Biotechnology Law and Food Products

Category 2 – At least 6 credits from the following courses

LAW 512B International Business Transactions
LAW 512K International Commercial Arbitration
LAW 810A Food Regulation in the United States
LAW 810B Food Regulation in the European Union
LAW 810C Food Regulation in Canada
LAW 810D International Food Laws and Regulations

Category 3 – One of the following courses

LAW 810E Animal Health, World Trade, and Food Safety
LAW 810F Codex Alimentarius, the World Food Code
LAW 810G Food Regulation in Latin America
LAW 810J Food Regulation in Asia

Category 4 – Students who are pursuing the M.J. degree must complete an additional 3 credits in the following course:

LAW 807A Foundations of Law and Legal Research

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.

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.

Degree requirements for students who began the program before Fall Semester 2014

Master of Laws (LL.M.)

All LL.M. students without a U.S. Juris Doctor (J.D.) must complete 24 credits within five academic years, with a 2.0 minimum cumulative grade point average.

Masters of Jurisprudence (M.J.)

Students who are pursuing the M.J. degree must complete 27 credits, including Foundations of Law and Legal Research, within five academic years, with a 2.0 minimum cumulative grade point average.

Program Requirements for LL.M and M.J.

Category 1 - Four or more of the following:

810K Administrative Law: Food Safety and Labeling
810M Regulation of Agricultural Production & Marketing
810N Survey of Intellectual Property in Agriculture
810P Biotechnology Law and Food Products
810A Food Regulation in the U.S.
512B International Business Transactions
512K International Commercial Arbitration
512E International Trade Regulation

The following courses may also be applied to Category 1with approval from the Director and Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs:

810R US Food Imports: Process, Regulation, and Food Safety
810Q Global Risk Regulation - Food Focus
624 Directed Study – Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy

Category 2 - One or more of the following:

810B Food Regulation in the European Union
810C Food Regulation in Canada
810D International Food Laws and Regulations

Category 3 - No more than one of the following:

810E Animal Health, World Trade, and Food Safety
810F Codex Alimentarius
810G Food Regulation in Latin America
810J Food Regulation in Asia

M.J. and LL.M. students without a J.D. must complete an additional course:

807A Foundations of Law and Legal Research

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.

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.