Law, Science & Technology Certificate

 

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University offers a Law, Science & Technology (LST) Certificate through the Center for Law, Science & Innovation to students enrolled in the J.D. Program at the College of Law. The Certificate Program involves substantive course work, a minimum average grade for that course work, a substantive paper, extracurricular activities, and regular advising. Requirements for earning the Certificate are described below.

Register

Current ASU Law Students may register as a candidate for the LST Certificate by completing the online form here:

Certificate Requirements

To earn the LST Certificate, law students must fulfill ALL of the following four requirements:

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

The Center will provide assistance to students pursuing the Certificate, as follows:

Faculty Advisors are assigned from among the Center Faculty Fellows to students who have registered for the Certificate.

Waivers of some of the Certificate requirements may be granted under certain unforeseen or exigent circumstances on a case-by-case basis.

 

 

I. Substantive Coursework in Law, Science, and Technology

Students must complete a minimum of seven (7) courses (earning at least sixteen (16) credit hours) offered at the College of Law that are related to law, science, and technology.  Students may also elect to complete one or more Specialization, described below, as part of the LST Certificate.  Students who choose not to pursue any specialization but complete all other Certificate requirements will receive the “general” LST Certificate.

Option 1:  Students choosing to pursue the general LST Certificate must complete a minimum of:
                1.  Two (2) Core Courses and                     
               2.  Five (5) Elective Courses

Option 2Students choosing to pursue the LST Certificate with Specialization(s) must complete a minimum of:
                1.  One (1) Core Course,
                2.  Four (4) Qualifying Courses within their chosen specialization(s), and
                3.  Two (2) Elective Courses

Students pursuing the LST Certificate have the option of completing one or more of the following five Specializations within the Certificate program:

A. Intellectual Property
B. Health Law
C. Environmental and Sustainability Law
D. Genomics and Biotechnology Law
E. Law and Psychology

 

Core Courses

The following courses qualify as Core Courses for the LST Certificate coursework requirement:

  • Law, Science, and Technology
  • Scientific Evidence
  • Law, Litigation and Science
  • Advanced Research: Law, Science & Innovation (Research Cluster)

Elective Courses

The following courses qualify as Elective Courses for the LST Certificate coursework requirement:

  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Environmental Law Topics
  • Advanced Research: LSI (Research Cluster)
  • Antitrust Law
  • Arizona Media Law
  • Arizona Water Law
  • Bioethics & Law
  • Biotechnology: Law, Sci. & Policy
  • Biotech Licensing & Litigation
  • Collab. Practice of Law & Social Psych. Principles
  • Copyright Law
  • Cyberspace Law
  • E-Discovery & Digital Evidence
  • Elder Law
  • Energy Law and Policy
  • Entertainment Business Contracts
  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • FDA Regulation
  • Forensic Science and Erroneous Convictions
  • Gender & Family Policy
  • Genetics & the Law
  • Health Care Fraud Investigation
  • Health Law, (Ethics) and Policy
  • Health Technologies, Innovation and the Law
  • Healthcare Entrepreneurship Clinic
  • High-Tech Licensing
  • Innovation Advancement Legal Clinic
  • Intellectual Property (Intro to)
  • Intellectual Property in Cyberspace
  • International Environmental Law
      
  • Jurimetrics Journal
  • Juvenile Law
  • Land Use Planning
  • Land Use Proceedings
  • Law and Psychology
  • Law, Litigation & Science
  • Law, Science & Technology
  • Lisa Foundation Patent Law Clinic
  • Litigation and Courtroom Technology
  • Mass Tort Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nanotechnology
  • National Security Law
  • Natural Resources Clinic
  • Natural Resources Field Seminar
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Neuroscience, Ethics & Law
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Licensing and Enforcement
  • Patent Litigation
  • Patent Preparation & Prosecution
  • Privacy (or Privacy, Gov't and Emerging Technologies)
  • Prosecuting Trademark Applications
  • Public Health Law & Ethics
  • Reproduction, Reproductive Technologies & the Law
  • Scientific Evidence
  • Sustainability: International Law & Governance
  • Technology in the Courtroom
  • Trademark & Unfair Competition
  • Trade Secrets & Restr. Cov'nts
  • Utilities, Sustainability & Law
  • Water Law
Please Note:

1) The list of Elective Courses is subject to revision by the Center’s Faculty Director or Executive Director with the advice of the Center Faculty Fellows.

2) Graduate seminars (500 level or higher) in other departments and/or independent study with Center Faculty Fellows in the College of Law, as approved by the Center Faculty Director or Executive Director and the Academic Dean, may serve as elective courses.

3) Clinics listed above may qualify for two courses when taken for six credits.

4) Service as an Editor for Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology qualifies as substantive course work. Two semesters of service count as one course (and thus four semesters count as two courses).

 

Specializations

Students pursuing the LST Certificate have the option of completing one or more of the following five Specializations within the Certificate program:

A. Intellectual Property
B. Health Law
C. Environmental and Sustainability Law
D. Genomics and Biotechnology Law
E. Law and Psychology

To complete a specialization, four of the seven courses necessary to earn the LST Certificate must fall within the specialization, as outlined below.

A. Intellectual Property

 Required Courses: Must complete three (3) of the following four courses:

1. (Introduction to) Intellectual Property
2. Copyright Law
3. Patent Law
4. Trademark and Unfair Competition

Qualifying Courses: Must also complete one (1) additional qualifying course:

  • Copyright Law
  • Entertainment Business Contracts
  • High Tech Licensing
  • Innovation Advancement Legal Clinic
  • (Introduction to) Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property in Cyberspace
  • Nanotechnology
  • Lisa Foundation Patent Law Clinic
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Licensing and Enforcement
  • Patent Litigation
  • Patent Preparation and Prosecution
  • Prosecuting Trademark Applications
  • Trademark and Unfair Competition
  • Trade Secrets
  • Restrictive Covenants
B. Health Law

Required Course: Must complete the following course:

1. Health Law and Policy (or Health Law, Ethics and Policy)

Qualifying Courses: Must also complete three (3) additional qualifying courses:

  • Administrative Law
  • Bioethics and Law
  • Biotechnology
  • Elder Law
  • Family Law
  • FDA Regulation
  • Gender and Family Policy
  • Genetics and the Law
  • Health Care Fraud Investigation
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Health Technologies, Innovation and the Law
  • Healthcare Entrepreneurship Clinic
  • Mass Tort Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Neuroscience and the Law
  • Public Health Law (and Ethics)
  • Reproduction, Reproductive Technologies & the Law
C. Environmental and Sustainability Law

Required Courses: Must complete the following course:

1. Environmental Law

And one (1) of the following two courses:

2. Natural Resources Law
3. Water Law

Qualifying Courses: Must also complete two (2) additional qualifying courses:

  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Environmental Law Topics
  • Arizona Water Law
  • Energy Law and Policy
  • Environmental Justice
  • International Environmental Law
  • Land Use Planning
  • Land Use Proceedings
  • Mass Tort Litigation
  • Nanotechnology
  • Natural Resources Clinic
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Natural Resources Field Seminar
  • Sustainability: International Law & Governance
  • Utilities, Sustainability and the Law
  • Water Law
D. Genomics and Biotechnology Law

Required Courses: Must complete the following two (2) courses:

1. Genetics and the Law
2. Biotechnology: Law, Science & Policy

Qualifying Courses: Must also complete two (2) additional qualifying courses:

  • Bioethics
  • Biotechnology: Law, Science & Policy
  • Biotechnology Licensing and Litigation
  • FDA Regulation
  • Health Technologies, Innovation and the Law
  • Nanotechnology
  • Patent Law
  • Reproduction, Reproductive Technologies & the Law
E. Law and Psychology

Required Courses: Must complete one (1) of the following two courses:

1. Law and Psychology
2. Law, Litigation and Science

Qualifying Courses: Must also complete three (3) additional qualifying courses:

  • Collaborative Practice of Law and Social Psych. Principles
  • Cults and Alternative Religions
  • Elder Law
  • Gender and Family Policy
  • Juvenile Law
  • Law and Psychology
  • Law, Litigation and Science
  • Negotiation
  • Neuroscience, Ethics and Law

 

 II. Minimum 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 also must earn a minimum grade of "B" for any course taken outside of the College of Law, when permitted as noted above. A student may take one elective course on a Pass/Fail basis. Courses used to satisfy the core or specialization requirements may not be taken Pass/Fail. (Note: Any course in which the teacher opts to grade all enrolled students on a Pass/Fail basis is an exception to this limitation and may be used to satisfy a core or specialization or elective requirement as though it were a graded course.)

 

III. Active Participation in the Center for Law, Science & Innovation

Each student must participate in at least one of the following Approved Activities for two semesters.

  • Editorial position with Jurimetrics
  • Participation in a Research Cluster
  • Approved externships
  • Active participation in one or more of the following student organizations:
  • Law and Science Student Association (LASSA)
  • Intellectual Property Student Association (IPSA)
  • Environmental Law Society (ELS)
  • Health Law Society (HLS)

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

 

IV. Writing Requirement

Each student must satisfy their graduation writing requirement on a topic related to Law, Science, and Technology. The paper must be at least 25 pages in length and written under the guidance of a Center Faculty Fellow on the College of Law faculty. A paper written to satisfy the College of Law's substantial paper requirement can fulfill this writing requirement, including a paper written as part of a seminar course included on the list of Elective Courses above. The Certificate Program writing requirement shall be monitored in the same manner as the College of Law's substantial paper writing requirement, with written evidence of completion provided by the Center Faculty Fellow who supervises the writing to the Assistant Registrar of the College of Law. A paper that satisfies a law journal writing requirement may also be used to satisfy this writing requirement.

 

Faculty Advisors

Each student who registers as a candidate for the LST Certificate will be assigned a Faculty Advisor from among the Center Faculty Fellows. The Faculty Director or Executive Director may revise this assignment at a later time at the request of the student or the advisor. Assignment changes will occur after consultations with the student, the original advisor, and the proposed successor advisor.

 

 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 Lauren Burkhart, Interim Director, Center for Law, Science & Innovation, at (480) 965-2465 or at Lauren.Burkhart@asu.edu.