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Juris Doctor (JD) students have a unique opportunity to pursue the following certificates:
The Center for Law, Science and Innovation (LSI) offers a Law, Science and Technology (LST) Certificate. This certificate demonstrates proficiency in the unique issues that arise at the intersection of law and technology. Understanding this intersection and the implications are critical for any modern practitioner, and may give students an edge with employers and clients.
Students can choose to earn a general LST certificate, or focus in one or more of the following:
With over 50 courses to choose from, and under the guidance of more than 30 Faculty Fellows, students complete a substantive curriculum of at least 7 courses (16 credits) and write a substantial paper related to LST issues. This coursework is supplemented by participation in LSI opportunities such as Jurimetrics: the Journal of Law, Science and Technology, research cluster groups, and related clinical work. Every student in the LST certificate program benefits from having a faculty mentor assigned to them. For more information, contact Josh Abbott, Center for Law, Science and Innovation Director at Josh.Abbott@asu.edu.
The Indian Law Certificate Program is designed for JD students with an interest in Indian law. Students are required to take at least 21 hours of classes that are relevant to the practice of Indian law, write a substantial paper on an Indian law topic, and complete practical work experience in the award-winning Indian Legal Clinic. The Indian Law Certificate shows a higher level of understanding in the subject matter. Graduates stand out to employers, especially if seeking a job in representing state, federal or tribal governments, or represent companies that do business with tribes. This upper-division law program can be completed within the final two years of the JD program. For more information, contact Kate M. Rosier, Indian Legal Program Executive Director at 480-965-6204.
The Health Law and Policy Certificate serves as a pivotal component of the health law careers for our JD students at ASU Law. The certificate is geared toward students seeking to practice health or public health law in diverse employment settings. It is designed to immerse students in multiple areas of health law and policy, broadening their knowledge and skills in preparation for applied practice. As the health law market in Arizona and the U.S. continues to expand, new positions for these candidates who will be well-trained and versed in multifarious topics are emerging.
The Law and Sustainability Certificate is geared towards JD students interested in environmental and sustainability law and policy, to propel ASU law students into environmental sustainability-related legal careers. The requirements for the certificate are tailored to ensure that recipients receive a significant breadth and depth of training in such burgeoning legal fields as water law, energy law, environmental law, and land use law. Students who complete the Certificate will have demonstrated specialized knowledge and competence in these areas.
The Law and Sustainability Certificate is administered through ASU Law’s Program on Law and Sustainability. For more information, contact Program Director Lauren Burkhart, at Lauren.Burkhart@asu.edu or Faculty Director Troy Rule, at Troy.Rule@asu.edu.