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Fall 2020 Clinic

Food Law and Policy Clinic of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation

Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement.

Required Class Component: Food Law and Policy (2 fall classroom credits). Some seats are saved for clinical students. Students who enroll in this clinic will be enrolled in the required course by the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs. Students who drop this clinic will also lose their seat in the required class component.

Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.

By Permission: No.

Add/Drop Deadline: August 14, 2020.

LLM Students: LLM students may apply to this clinic by submitting an application.

Placement Site: HLS.

The Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) provides students with the opportunity to practice using legal and policy tools in order to address the health, environmental, and economic impacts of our food system. The FLPC utilizes substantive expertise in food law and policy and a robust policy skill set to assist clients and communities in understanding and improving the laws impacting the food system. Clinic projects aim to increase access to healthy foods, prevent diet-related diseases, assist small farmers and producers in participating in food markets, and reduce the waste of healthy, wholesome food.

Students enrolled in the Clinic get hands-on learning experience conducting legal and policy research for individuals, communities, and governments on a wide range of food law and policy issues. Students have the opportunity, for example: to comment on major federal regulations, such as the Food and Drug Administration rules impacting food safety on the farm; to identify and draft legislation to reduce the 40% of food that goes to waste in the U.S.; to train and empower food policy councils and other community coalitions to achieve their food system goals; and to research and recommend policies increasing access to healthy food at all levels of government.

Students will develop a variety of transferable skills in areas such as research, writing, creative problem-solving, project management, oral communication, and leadership. In particular, students will have the opportunity to draft memoranda, white papers, and regulatory comments; conduct statutory interpretation; compose legislation and regulations; petition for agency action; conduct interviews and fact-finding; and train communities about civic engagement, the food system, and policy change. Clinic clients are located around the United States, and some students will have the opportunity to travel, as we work closely with partners in New England, as well as places like Mississippi, West Virginia, and Navajo Nation.

For more information about the clinic, please email Professor Broad Leib at or visit our clinic at 1607 Massachusetts Avenue, 4th floor.