Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy


For Students – Resnick Center for Food Law and Policy


The Center’s educational component features high-caliber classes, conferences, workshops, and experiential learning. Students enjoy working with Center 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: 2019-2020

  • 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 165: Historical Perspective: The Role of Law in the Pursuit of a Moral Food System, also taught by Executive Director Michael T. Roberts, surveys and compares the moral and cultural bases used for historical and modern regulation of food.
  • Law 913: Regulating Food, taught by Assistant Director Diana R. H. Winters, discuss the significant leeway that state and local governments have to regulate the food system, and the boundaries of this power.


Food Law and Policy Clinic

The Resnick Center 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.

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. The Resnick Center will help facilitate externships for UCLA Law students.