Urban Food, Farm and Agriculture Law Practicum (3)
Students will engage in two overlapping sets of activities. First, they will develop an understanding of the issues confronting urban agriculture and food access in Detroit and conduct a strategic planning process with key MSU and Detroit partners. Second, they will identify some of the most promising community agriculture projects in Detroit, determine the legal impediments facing those groups, and create a focused plan – examining geography, strong community partners, and key legal requirements – to address those issues. Students will be expected to work 14 hours per week outside of the seminar class.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Advocacy I or Research, Writing and Analysis and Research, Writing and Advocacy II or Advocacy
US Food Imports: Process, Regulation, and Food Safety (3)
An overview of the regulation of US food imports by USFDA, USDA FSIS, USDA APHIS, and US Customs. Students will work on a practical problem that simulates the attorney-client and regulatory agency interaction process in a specific food import regulatory context. Students assume the roles of law-firm associates and will prepare attorney-client documents and communications and petitions to one or more regulatory agencies.
Prerequisite(s): For students in the Global Food Law Program
Virtual Law Practice (2)
This course is directed primarily to students interested in gaining a practical knowledge of virtual law practice, unbundling and alternative forms of technology-driven legal service delivery. Students will study ethics issues and best practices for the use of these delivery models. In addition to a strong focus on unbundled legal services, other alternative or complementary forms of legal service delivery covered will include: the virtual law firm, the branded network concept, online dispute resolution, franchised law firm models, alternative business structures, web advisors, alternative billing methods, pro and “low” bono programs using online delivery, marketing a virtual practice, and collaborative methods of online delivery. The methods of practice management covered in this course will apply to a broad spectrum of students interested in both traditional and technology-enabled law practice. Students will be required to complete a business plan for a law practice that integrates one or more methods of online legal service delivery discussed in the course.