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The Center for Law, Science & Innovation (LSI) is an established leader in addressing the extraordinary legal and regulatory problems caused by the rapid developments in science and technology in today’s world. As the first and largest academic center focused on the intersection of law and science and technology, the Center’s mission is to use policy as an enabler of innovation for the betterment of society. To that end, LSI creates unique opportunities for students to develop skills that are critical for effective modern lawyers.
The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law boasts an unusually large number of faculty members who recognize and explore the critical importance of the law’s relationship to advances in science and technology, many of whom have graduate training and continuing work in scientific and technical fields. The Center now includes over 35 Faculty fellows and a multitude of affiliates, researchers, partners, alumni, and students collaborating in LSI projects and initiatives. Across the board, the Center facilitates unique interdisciplinary study and dialogue among academics, policy-makers, professionals and industry, working with students to master anticipating challenges and offering creative solution to some of the most compelling contemporary legal questions.
LSI is home to three core programs:
Each of these programs hosts a large annual Conference, numerous workshops and speakers, student organizations, and include a group of substantive faculty experts. In addition to these core programs, the Center facilitates a number of other projects and focus areas, including intellectual property, healthcare law, digital evidence, neuroscience and psychology, and more. Every year LSI looks to the latest emerging topics and legal employment prospects to create new, unique opportunities for our students.
ASU Law has more than 60 law, science, and technology related courses to choose from, covering a huge span of timely topics and foundational themes. This coursework can be supplemented with participation in Jurimetrics: the Journal of Law, Science & Technology, research cluster groups, and related externships and clinical work.
Degrees and Certificates
LSI provides JD students the opportunity to pursue a Law, Science & Technology Certificate with the option to specialize in one of five cutting-edge fields. This certificate gives our students a competitive edge with employers and clients.
ASU Law also offers an LLM in Genomics & Biotechnology, and customizable LLM and MLS programs with focus areas including health law, sustainability law, patent practice, and more that can be tailored to each student’s interests and goals.
For more information, contact LSI Director Lauren Burkhart at 480.965.2465.
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