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Emerging technologies are rapidly transforming both the substance and practice of law in almost every area. Artificial intelligence, precision medicine, big data, autonomous systems, blockchain, 3D printers, drones, mobile apps are just some of the developments that raise novel legal issues with regard to regulation, liability, privacy, intellectual property, individual rights, and how lawyers and professionals practice every day. ASU Law is dedicated to training 21st century lawyers who will have unique expertise and competitive advantage in today’s legal world.
As science and technology assume central roles in our lives, economy, and legal system, the Center for Law, Science and Innovation is uniquely positioned as an innovator in teaching and applying science, technology and law. From robotics to genetics, neuroscience to nanotech, LSI’s innovative projects and programs constantly evolve to address challenging governance and policy issues through cutting-edge curriculum, practical experience, conferences and workshops, research projects, and scholarship.
Juris Doctor (JD)
Master of Laws (LLM)
Master of Legal Studies (MLS)
JD students can pursue a Certificate in Law, Science and Technology, giving our graduates a competitive edge with employers and clients, and signaling preparation for practice in the 21st century. The certificate program includes five optional specializations in robust areas at the intersection of law and technology.
The Center for Law, Science and Innovation serves as a resource to support and connect our students with unique content, contacts, skills, and resources to prepare them for modern legal practice. ASU Law offers more than 50 law, science, and technology related courses, supported and taught by our 50+ faculty fellows. Programs and projects include annual conferences, workshops and speakers, individual and group research activities, and sci-tech externships and clinical work.
At ASU Law, LSI is home to intellectual property, life sciences and biotechnology, governance of emerging technologies focus areas, and our newest addition - data, privacy, and security. In each area, LSI offers a specialized graduation certificate with robust coursework, student cohorts with attorney and faculty mentorship, and presentation and publication opportunities. In addition, LSI collaborates with five ASU Law student organizations, programs in health law, international law, and sustainability law, and other ASU partners to create an interdisciplinary understanding of the issues driven by science and technology that span all areas of law, policy, and practice.
The Center for Law, Science and Innovation is an established leader in addressing the extraordinary legal and regulatory questions triggered by rapid developments in science and technology. ASU Law was the first in the country to create a center focused on the topics that now make headlines every day.
LSI’s mission is to use law to enable innovation for the betterment of society. By facilitating interdisciplinary efforts among students, faculty, professionals, policy-makers, and industries, the center tackles the shared challenges and themes of emerging technology governance, such as:
LSI was built on, and continues to engage, a robust network of academics, policy-makers, professionals, and industry. Students and alumni fellows play a critical role in LSI projects, and have opportunities to learn from and work with interdisciplinary experts in their area of interest.
Joshua Abbott, Center Director
Debb Relph, Program Coordinator
LSI invites anyone interested in getting more involved, developing collaborations and partnerships, or simply learning more about the legal applications of emerging technologies, to join the LSI Community Board. The Board meets once per semester to educate members about current projects and topics of interest, and to serve as a catalyst for new ideas and community connections. To join, or for more information, e-mail Josh.Abbott@asu.edu.
Each year an outstanding graduate is awarded the Strouse Prize for their exceptional academic strength, personal qualities, and contributions to the Center for Law, Science and Innovation. The Prize was created in memory of Professor Daniel Strouse, whose wisdom, wit, and warmth enhanced the education of hundreds of students. Meet some of our remarkably talented winners.