Resnick Program for Food Law & Policy


For Students – Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy


The Program’s educational component features high-caliber classes, conferences, workshops, and experiential learning. Students enjoy working with Program faculty and fellows on various research projects and publications. New student opportunities to immerse in food law include experiential learning through the Food Law and Policy Clinic and interdisciplinary exchange through the new UCLA Graduate Food Studies Certificate Program.


Course Offerings: Fall 2016

  • Law 440: Introduction to Food Law and Policy, taught by Executive Director Michael T. Roberts, focuses on how food law as a response to the modern food system has adapted and developed into a distinctive area of law.
  • Law 155: Intro to Lawyer-Client Relations is the first year students’ foundational clinical course, focusing on the essential aspects of the lawyer-client relationship.
  • URBAN PL 216, the core course for the Graduate Food Studies Certificate Program, is co-taught by Executive Director Michael T. Roberts. Course flyer

Course Offerings: J-term

  • Law 960: Rights to Food and Global Food Justice is a new course offered during J-term 2017 by Resnick’s Global Distinguished Fellow and UN Special Rapporteur for Right to Food, Hilal Elver.

Course Offerings: Spring 2017

  • Law 165: Modes Modes of Legal Inquiry: Historical Reflections on the Regulation of Food is a class offered to first-year law students that explores the history of regulating food, taught by Executive Director Michael T. Roberts.
  • Law 693: Companies, Food Systems, and Public Health, taught by Academic Fellow Emilie Aguirre, is a seminar offered to second- and third-year students that introduces students to food law and food systems, dietary public health concepts, and discrete topics in corporate law.


Food Law and Policy Clinic

The Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy has one of the only clinical programs in the country dedicated to Food Law and Policy. The Clinic allows students to take on the role of policy advocate within the food justice movement, which calls for positive, systemic change in the areas of food insecurity, public health, workers’ rights, urban agriculture, land use, animal welfare, and social entrepreneurship.

As part of the course, students will develop and implement several policy advocacy strategies, including:

  1. Working with local stakeholders in the food system to identify, develop, and implement new and impactful policy initiatives;
  2. Providing guidance and education to food innovators regarding laws and policies related to food access and food waste and recovery; and
  3. Using social change campaigns and legal needs assessments to promote food equity for underserved individuals and communities.

For more information, please contact the Resnick Program Clinical Director, Allison Korn, at

UCLA Graduate Food Studies Certificate Program

With food security and environmental sustainability becoming increasing global concerns, there is an urgency to educate the next generation of leaders with strong interdisciplinary foundations. The Food Studies Graduate Certificate Program offers UCLA PhD, MA and professional school students the opportunity to investigate this growing field. The program will prepare students from diverse disciplines to address complex topics that span food cultures and histories, nutrition and public health, food policy and food justice, urban planning, and agrifood systems and the environment. For more information about the certificate, visit the UCLA Food Studies Certificate Program website.


Second- and third-year students may participate in UCLA Law’s externship program, gaining real-world experience and course credit. UCLA Law’s Food Law and Policy externships include opportunities with non-profits like the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Center for Food Safety.