Student Experience

S. Patrick Morin, Jr.

Birmingham, MI

Student:  LLM in Agricultural and Food Law

Patrick Morin

"The professors have done an exceptional job at encouraging participation from distance students, making me feel as though I'm sitting right there in the classroom."

School of Law

In My Own Words

As a working practitioner, attending classes on campus in Fayetteville wasn't an option. I needed a program that fit my schedule and provided flexibility when client demands shifted. The LLM program at the U of A met these needs. There are times when a meeting runs late and I'm unable to attend class live via online video conference, but I don't worry because all classes are recorded. This allows me to catch up on my schedule at a time convenient for me.

As a practicing attorney, I'm constantly receiving requests from clients for referrals to a food lawyer. Unfortunately, I don't know any food lawyers. The more I researched the topic, the more interested I became in food and agriculture law. However, I knew that I couldn't just learn the law from a book, so I began searching for an academic program. That's how I discovered the online LLM program in Agriculture and Food Law at University of Arkansas.

Although I was initially skeptical that the online program would benefit me as much as the in-person experience, the professors have done an exceptional job at encouraging participation from distance students, making me feel as though I'm sitting right there in the classroom. The technology does a great job at contributing to this experience and helps facilitate student interaction. Moreover, the staff is always available to assist when something isn't working right or you need help. They've been great!

Overall, the program has provided me with a better understanding of agriculture and food law and provided the building blocks I've needed to expand my practice. I'm proud to be a Razorback!