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Law, Science and Technology Certificate

JD students can supplement and enhance their degree with the Certificate in Law, Science and Technology. The certificate program includes focused coursework, mentorship, and extracurricular educational opportunities for preparing 21st century lawyers.

Students can choose to earn a general LST certificate, or focus in one or more of the following:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Life Sciences
  • Data, Privacy and Security

*NOTE for the class of 2019: Students up to the graduating class of 2019 may also be grandfathered in to the following focus areas: Health Law, Environmental and Sustainability Law, and Genomics and Biotechnology. If you have questions about the requirements for these areas, overlap with new Certificates, etc, please contact

Certificate Requirements

To earn a Law, Science and Technology Certificate, students must fulfill ALL of the following requirements:

  1. Coursework Requirements
  2. Minimum Average Grade Requirement
  3. Active Participation in the Center for Law, Science and Innovation
  4. Writing Requirement

Coursework Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of seven (7) courses (earning at least sixteen (16) credit hours) that are related to law, science and technology.

Option 1: General LST Certificate minimum requirements:

  1. Two (2) core courses, and
  2. Five (5) elective courses

Option 2: LST Certificate with focus(es) minimum requirements:

  1. One (1) core course
  2. Four (4) qualifying courses within their chosen focus(es), and
  3. Two (2) elective courses

Click here for the Law, Science and Technology Course List.

Minimum Average Grade Requirement

Each student must earn a cumulative average grade of at least a “B” for the courses taken to satisfy the substantive course work requirement of the LST Certificate Program. A student may take one elective course on a Pass/Fail basis. Courses used to satisfy the core or focuses requirements may not be taken Pass/Fail, unless the course is only offered on a pass/fail basis.

Active Participation in the Center for Law, Science and Innovation

Each student must participate in at least one of the following approved activities for two semesters.

  • Active participation in an LSI Cohort (open to all Certificate registrants)
  • Editorial position with Jurimetrics
  • Participation in a Research Cluster
  • Membership on an external Moot Court team involving LST substantive areas (by approval from Center Director)
  • LST-based externships (by approval from Center Director)
  • Assistance and significant participation in an annual LSI Conference
  • Board membership in one or more of the following student organizations:
    • Law and Science Student Association (LASSA)
    • Intellectual Property Student Association (IPSA)
    • Health Law Society (HLS)
    • Space Law and Policy Society (SLAPS)

Students are also encouraged to actively participate as many Center-sponsored events as possible, including speakers, conferences, symposia, and other activities.

Writing Requirement

Each student must satisfy their graduation writing requirement (GWR) on a topic related to Law, Science, and Technology, advised by an LSI Faculty Fellow. Students may elect to complete their GWR as part of a course or a law journal, or through an independent study. The LST Certificate program does not typically require a paper in addition to the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law's GWR requirement. If students have already completed their GWR before enrollment in the program, they may substitute another paper of similar length that is on a related topic and advised by an LSI Faculty Fellow. This requirement will be monitored by the LSI director and confirmed by the registrar of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.

Faculty Advisors

Each student who registers as a candidate for the LST Certificate will be assigned an advisor from among the Center fellows. The faculty director, director, or current advisor may revise this assignment at a later time at the request of the student.

Unforeseen or Exigent Circumstances

The Faculty Director and Executive Director shall have joint authority to modify, waive, or reconfigure the program requirements in particular instances where necessary to promote equity and fairness in the event of unforeseen complications or exigent circumstances.


For any questions, please contact Josh Abbott, Director, Center for Law, Science and Innovation at 480-965-2465.


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