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.
To earn the LST Certificate, law students must fulfill the following requirements:
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.
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 (see lists of Core and Elective Courses below)
2. Five (5) Elective Courses
Option 2: Students choosing to pursue the LST Certificate with one or more Specialization 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
The following courses qualify as Core Courses for the LST Certificate coursework requirement:
The following courses qualify as Elective Courses for the LST Certificate coursework requirement:
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).
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.
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:
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:
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:
Required Courses: Must complete the following two (2) courses:
1. Genetics and the Law
2. Biotechnology: Law, Science & Policy
Required Courses: Must complete one (1) of the following two courses:
1. Law and Psychology
2. Law, Litigation and Science
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.)
Each student must participate in at least one of the following Approved Activities for two semesters.
Students are also encouraged to actively participate as many Center-sponsored events as possible, including speakers, conferences, symposia, and other activities.
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.
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.
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, Executive Director, Center for Law, Science & Innovation, at (480) 965-2465 or at Josh.Abbott@asu.edu.