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 throughout the semester, 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. One goal of the cluster experience is for students' work products to be submitted for publication.  

Clusters may vary somewhat from year to year, but generally coincide with the Center's core programs.

The following Research Clusters are being offered for 2015-2016:


Governance of Emerging Technologies / Gary Marchant

Law & Sustainability / Troy Rule

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. 

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