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What to Expect

Taking an online degree program is a very different experience than being physically present on a university campus. Convenience and flexibility replace the typical face-to-face learning experience. You can take classes in your office or on your couch, at noon or at 3 a.m. Discussions and communications take place through e-mail and Internet exchanges. Students in the online Global Food Law program are encouraged to join the group Facebook page and to otherwise get to know other students, faculty, and staff.  No matter where you are in the world, once you join our program you are a Spartan and a member of our Law College community. Although your physical presence on our campus will never be required, you are always welcome to visit us on campus in East Lansing, Michigan and to attend events such as our LL.M. Thanksgiving dinner or our LL.M. speaker series.

After enrolling in the program, students work with advisors each semester to enroll in an online course (or courses), choosing from a menu of available options provided by the MSU College of Law and the MSU Institute for Food Laws and Regulations. Students selecting courses made available by the Institute will enroll in those courses through the College of Law, and all billing is done through the College of Law.

As with most law school classes on campus, you should plan for 3-4 hours of homework each week for each credit you take in the fall or spring terms.  Summer courses are condensed into 7 weeks, so you should expect more hours of homework during summer term. Courses are typically taught in a series of sections or "modules.” Each module covers a specific topic or issue. Once a module is posted, it will remain online for the entire semester. However, professors may not actively check past modules for discussion items and questions, and most professors will not expect you to keep up with discussions in past modules.  You should always check with each of your professors to determine their individual policies.

Accessing Courses

To access your courses, you will log in at This is the main page for MSU's Desire2Learn online course delivery system. You will need to log in using your MSU netID and password. Once in the portal, you will search for courses by number or name. Until you've been registered for a course, it will not be available to you.  If you need help getting started with Desire2Learn, a student “Quick Start” guide detailing how to use Desire2Learn is available at

If you encounter a problem while using the online course system, you may call MSU’s Desire2Learn helpline at 800-500-1554 or 517-355-2345. Helpline staff members are available at all hours to assist you with login problems, system questions, and even problems that are unique to your computer. The helpline staff can also report problems directly to your instructors if you difficulties with the system that prevent you from doing work as assigned. If there is a system problem, hearing from more than one student does assist the staff in resolving the issue, so please call if you have trouble.

MSU’s Virtual University, through Desire2Learn, gives professors the ability to use automated scoring for your online tests, hold online discussions, and provide real-time feedback on quizzes. Many additional online resources, such as links to web sites, blogs and journals, will also be available through your online courses.

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 can be great resources for career advice. Another recommended resource for exploring possible careers in food law is the Food Law and Policy Career Guide, published by Harvard University and available at  If you are currently seeking employment in global food law, the MSU Institute for Food Laws and Regulations posts new job listings at

General Information

If you have questions about our Global Food Law program and cannot find a satisfactory answer on our website, feel free to e-mail your questions to