Agriculture Law

As a lawyer focusing on agriculture law, you will engage in one of the most diverse areas of law, addressing: crop and livestock production issues, food safety concerns, land use, resource management challenges, and sustainability and environmental protection. The practice focuses on traditional areas like property law, water law, and oil and gas, but also encompasses administrative law, intellectual property, food law, clean energy law, and environmental law.

Here are a few examples of the type of work you might expect as a lawyer practicing agriculture law:

  • Work with farmers and ranchers, environmental groups, and regulatory agencies to manage water pollution and endangered species concerns, as well as manage liability resulting from land ownership and livestock operations.
  • Assist corporations, farmers, and other entities to address issues concerning genetically modified crops and seeds, including matters pertaining to patents.
  • Aid the private sector and governmental agencies in matters of data ownership and privacy issues related to customers, employees, and drones.
  • Engage with regulatory agencies to ensure compliance with existing agriculture or food safety standards, or work to develop new ones.

Core Courses

To achieve an adequate foundation in key areas of agriculture law, you should at a minimum take these courses and develop a thorough understanding of the subject matter as it relates to agriculture.

  • Agriculture Law
  • Texas Real Property or Land Use Law
  • Water Law

Recommended Courses

The Ag and Life Sciences industry may be one of the most diverse in the United States economy. Its fast-emerging legal controversies are often the subject of national press coverage.

  • Energy Law
  • Climate Change Law
  • Energy Law Seminar
  • Environmental Law
  • International Water Law
  • Land Use Law
  • Law and Science Seminar
  • Natural Resources Law and Policy
  • Business Associations
  • Wills and Estates
  • LARW III: Contract Drafting
  • Intellectual Property Overview
  • Oil and Gas
  • Secured Transactions
  • LARW III: Real Estate Drafting

Related Courses

You may also consider taking one or more of the following courses to enhance your professional skills.

  • Administrative Law
  • ADR Survey: Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration


To learn about current agricultural law externship opportunities, contact Externship Program Director Cecily Becker at

Student Organizations

  • Ag Law Society
  • Energy Law Student Association