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Food and Agricultural Law Certificate

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

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See Food and Agricultural Law Certificate Learning Outcomes.


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 (2-3 credits)
Food and the Law (3 credits)

Elective Courses

Administrative Law (3 credits)
Current Issues in Food & Agricultural Law (2-3 credits)
Environmental Law (3 credits)
Farm and Ranch Taxation (2 credits)
Farm Bureau Internship (1-3 credits)
Intellectual Property – Intro (3 credits)
International Trade (3 credits)
Land Use Control (2-3 credits)
Legislation (3 credits)
State and Local Government (3 credits)
Wills and Trusts (3 credits)
Other (e.g. Summer Ag Law Institute classes)
Special Topics (credits vary)

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:

Jennifer Zwagerman, Director of the Agricultural Law Center; Associate Professor of Law
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Associate Program Director:

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