MSU College of Law

The Global Food Law Program: An Overview

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Earning a master’s of Food Law is a strategic investment in your future.  The Michigan State University College of Law Global Food Law Program gives lawyers, regulators and other industry professionals the tools they need to succeed in a constantly changing market.   

The entirely online program can be completed in about three years by taking one course per semester and studying year-round.  Online study allows students to pursue their master’s degree without the need to take a leave of absence from work or relocate.  Advisors help students enroll in courses that will best enhance their careers allowing students to choose from a menu of courses.

The Curriculum

Attorneys and those with a J.D. from an American institution enroll in the 24 credit Master of Laws (LL.M.) program.  Those without a prior law degree enroll in the 26 credit Master of Jurisprudence (M.J.) program.  LL.M. and M.J. students study together, making for lively multidisciplinary discussion.   

Costs and Tuition

The tuition rate for the 2016-17 academic year is $950 per credit hour regardless of residency status. Students in the M.J. program must take 26 credits to graduate. LL.M. students take either 24 or 26 credits depending on their background.  Tuition is paid each semester based on the number of credits for which the student is enrolled.

Funding Your Degree

Global Food Law students fund their degrees in numerous ways including personal resources, tuition reimbursement plans, corporate sponsorship and private or public loans. 
Most students qualify for financial aid in the form of student loans.  6 credits per semester is considered full time and 3 credits per semester half-time.  Our Office of Financial Aid can help you navigate your options.

Many students receive support with their tuition from their employers.  The Global Food Law program benefits your employer almost as much as it does you.  Many of our students become the “go to” resource in their organization for regulatory information and can bridge the gap between product development and regulatory teams.

Prior to asking your employer for tuition support, we suggest you prepare by making a list of ways your company will benefit from your education, offering specific examples of how the coursework correlates to your role and the organizations strategic goals and be prepared to address concerns your employer may have.   Once you have this list, work with your supervisor and human resources department to find out if your employer would sponsor your education or offers tuition reimbursement.

Careers and Employment Resources

In the ever-expanding world of global food law, students who take courses in law and policy and earn a LL.M. or M.J. degree are well-positioned for employment opportunities.  Indeed, the career possibilities in global food law are diverse and plentiful.  Our students are employed by government agencies, research institutes, food manufacturers and producers, food packaging companies, and private firms. Our professors are experts in many aspects of food law and are another great resource for career advice.

Details on the background and careers of our students.

A recommended resource for exploring possible careers in food law is the Food Law and Policy Career Guide, published by Harvard University and available at http://www.law.harvard.edu/current/careers/opia/toolkit/guides/documents/career-guide_2013.pdf (PDF) .