Food and Agricultural Law Certificate

The Food and Agricultural Law Certificate is designed for students interested in the areas of agrilcultural law and food law.

Drake was the first American law school to offer a specialization in agricultural law.

In association with the Drake Agricultural Law Center, students can earn a certificate in food and agricultural law that incorporates areas such as environmental law, sustainability and the law, land use control, and more.

Download the Food and Agricultural Law Certificate Form‌.


This certificate program consists of 21 credit hours of coursework, a major legal research and writing project, and an internship.

Required Courses

Agricultural Law – Intro (3 credits)
Environmental Regulation of Agriculture (3 credits)
Food and the Law (3 credits)

Elective Courses

Administrative Law (3 credits)
Current Issues in Food & Agricultural Law (3 credits)
Environmental Law (3 credits)
Land Use Control (3 credits)
Legislation (3 credits)
Intellectual Property – Intro (3 credits)
International Trade (3 credits)
State and Local Government (3 credits)
Sustainability and the Law (3 credits)
Wills and Trusts (3 credits)
Other (e.g. Summer Ag Law Institute classes)

Advanced Writing Requirement

Agricultural Law Internship

Be sure note if the internship used Summer Service Learning Stipend.

For more information, see Drake Law School's course descriptions.

Program Director:

Neil Hamilton, Emeritus Director of the Agricultural Law Center; Emeritus Professor of Law
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Associate Program Director:

Jennifer Zwagerman, Director of Career Development; Associate Director of the Agricultural Law Center
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The Drake Agricultural Law Center is hosting a state-wide conference to help landowners learn how to protect their land, care for their soil and water, and develop the value of their farmland.