Academics: Global Food Law

The Curriculum

The Global Food Law Program embraces not only intellectual excellence but emphasizes putting knowledge to work in practical ways to meet the challenges facing today's professionals in our global food economy. Our graduates play key roles as leaders in the food industry, governments, and related non-governmental organizations.

Neal Fortin, Adjunct Professor, Global Food Law Program

Designed with working professionals in mind, the online Global Food Law Program offers the flexibility necessary to meet the demands of balancing both work and personal lives. We understand the challenges that come along with being enrolled in master’s program while also trying to excel your career which is why we offer food law courses online. Students are able to select from the numerous food law courses offered each semester to create a curriculum plan that meets both curricular and time management needs. Depending on the areas of food law that interest you the most, you’re able to individually select the elective food law courses to create your ideal curriculum. A five year time period is allowed for completion of the degree and is typically sufficient enough to accommodate most of the curve balls life presents.

Global Food Law Online Masters Program Degree Requirements

Masters of Law in Global Food Law degree requirements consists of:

  • 11 credits of required coursework
  • 15 credits of elective courses

    • For those students without a U.S. JD, an additional 2 credit foundation law course is required.

Masters of Jurisprudence in Global Food Law degree requirements consist of:

  • 11 credits of required coursework*
  • 19 credits of elective courses

Students are required to successfully complete a total of credits for this program.

Required Courses Include:

Administrative Law: Food Safety and Labeling (810K) (3 cr.)
Food and Drug Law (558B) (3 cr.)
Foundations of Law and Legal Research (807A)* (2 cr.)
Foundations of Food Science and Safety for Lawyers (811C)** (2 cr.)
International Food Laws and Regulations (810D) ( 3 cr. )

15 Credits of the Following:

Advertising Law: Food Focus (810T) (3 cr.)
Animal Health, World Trade, and Food Safety (810E) (3 cr.)
Biotechnology Law and Food Products (810P) ( 2 cr. )
Codex Alimentarius – The World Food Code (810F) (3 cr.)
Current Issues in Food Law (810S) ( 2 cr. )
Directed Study (624) (3 cr.)
Drafting, Amending, and Updating Food Laws (811E) (1 cr.)
Food Law: Preventing Fakes and Counterfeits (810Z) (3 cr.)
Food Law: Africa and the Middle East (811A) (3 cr.)
Food Regulation in Canada (810C) (3 cr.)
Food Regulation in the European Union (810B) (3 cr.)
Food Regulation in the U.S. (810A) (3 cr.)
Food Regulatory Law: Counseling and Advocacy (811F) (3 cr.)
FSMA: The Law of the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule (810W) (3 cr.)
FSMA: The Law of the Produce Safety Rule (810X) ( 2 cr. )
Global Food Laws: Role of the International Agencies (811G) (3 cr.)
Halal Food: An Introduction to Islamic Laws and Ethics (545K) (3 cr.)
International Business Transactions (512B) (3 cr.)
International Food Standards - FAO and WHO (810F) (3cr.)
Marijuana Law (566T) (1 cr.)
Regulation of Agricultural Production & Marketing (810M) (3 cr.)
Special Topics in Global Food Law (811B) (3 cr.)
Survey of Hemp: Uses, Issues, and Perceptions (811D) (3 cr.)
Survey of Intellectual Property in Agriculture (810N) (3 cr.)
Wine, Beer, and Spirits Laws and Regulations (810Y) (3 cr.)
Additional courses may be approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs and Director of the Global Food Law Program. No more than 9 credits may be taken from LAW 810A, LAW 810B, LAW 810C, LAW 810E, LAW 810F, LAW 810V, LAW 810W, LAW 810X, LAW 810Y.

*Required of MJ students and any student without a prior US law degree

**Required of LL.M. students

Degree Requirements for students who began the program Fall Semester 2021 and later (PDF)

Degree Requirements for students who began the program Fall Semester 2020 and later (PDF)

Degree Requirements for students who began the program Spring Semester 2015- Summer Semester 2020 (PDF)

Textbook Information
Many Global Food Law courses have case studies and reading material included inside the course however some courses require textbooks. For textbook information please see the First Assignments page, or refer to the course syllabus.