Research Clusters

The Center's research clusters began in Fall 2012 and continue to offer an unparalleled opportunity for students to work in small groups with Center Faculty on research projects to culminate in publishable articles. The structure of this cluster program is as follows:

  • Each cluster is offered as an advanced research class (LAW 791), for which enrolled students will be able to earn one credit per semester (2 for the year)
  • It is expected that students who register for Fall semester will continue in the cluster through the next semester, registering for Spring as well
  • The course also will qualify as a core course toward earning the Law, Science & Technology Certificate
  • Papers prepared for the course may fulfill the substantial writing requirement for graduation if they meet all other requirements

Registration in each section will be limited to five students—2Ls and 3Ls only—selected through an application process.  Cluster groups will meet on a regular basis, about every two to three weeks, at a time determined by the instructor that accommodates members' schedules.  Students enrolled will be required to attend sessions, conduct legal research, present their research to the group, and produce substantive written work product.  

The following five Research Clusters are currently being offered:

 

Public Health Law & Policy / James Hodge Jr.

Governance of Emerging Technologies / Gary Marchant

Law & Sustainability / Kris Mayes

Neuroscience & Law / Betsy Grey

Personalized Medicine / Gary Marchant

 

 Feel free to contact one of the Faculty members listed above for more information about the individual clusters.  Often, in addition to these coordinating Faculty members, other professionals or experts are involved in leading and working with the cluster groups. 

Clusters may vary somewhat from year to year, but coincide with the Center's core programs.  A list of next year's cluster topics will be distributed in the Spring prior to the application process. Applications for the Research Clusters are publicized and collected during the Spring semester for the following academic year. You cannot apply to participate for only one semester.  Note: Students not enrolled in the class can attend designated "open" cluster sessions to observe, learn, and collaborate. These sessions are held once each semester.  1Ls and 2Ls who attend open cluster sessions will be given preference for selection to be enrolled the following year.   

 

For further information or for any questions about the Cluster Program, please contact Lauren Burkhart at Lauren.Burkhart@asu.edu.