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Arizona State University – College of Law

Arizona State University

College of Law

Center for the Study of Law, Science, and Technology
College of Law
Arizona State University
P.O. 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-79069
Phone: 480 965 6606

Professor Gary Marchant
Executive Director
Phone: (480) 965-3246
Fax: (480) 965-2427

Program Link:

Graduate Degrees Offered
Admissions Requirements
Degree Requirements
Faculty Information
Financial Information


The Center for the Study of Law, Science, and Technology, founded in 1984, is in its 25th year of operation at the Arizona State University College of Law. (Its predecessor, the Arizona Law and Technology Institute (ALTI), was founded in 1981.) Twenty-seven faculty members at the College of Law are currently Center Fellows. The Center also boasts a half-dozen affiliated faculty members from other university departments. Together, the faculty’s research interests ground the Center’s claim that it is not only the oldest and largest, but also the most broadly encompassing Center of its kind in the nation. The curriculum of the College of Law reflects these encompassing research interests and attracts many law students to ASU who graduate with substantial knowledge in various Law, Science, and Technology subjects.

Graduate Degrees Offered

LL.M. in Biotechnology and Genomics

Graduate Certificate Program in Law, Science, and Technology

Program Focus on Genetics and the Law

Program Focus on Intellectual Property Law

Program Focus on Nanotechnology

Law and Psychology J.D./ Ph.D.

M.L.S. (Master of Legal Studies)

Admissions Requirements

LL.M. in Biotechnology and Genomics

Candidates for the LL.M. must possess either a J.D. from an American Bar Association-accredited law school or a comparable law degree from a foreign law school. Admissions considerations include grades in law school and other academic programs, recommendations by professors and/or employers, employment and life experiences and evidence of interest and potential in biotechnology and genomics.

Graduate Certificate Program in Law, Science, and Technology

The graduate certificate program is open to students duly admitted to and in good standing at the Arizona State University College of Law who are interested in Law, Science, and Technology subjects. Only students enrolled in the College of Law are eligible. No specific undergraduate major is a prerequisite.

Law and Psychology J.D./Ph.D.

Persons interested in being considered for admission to the Law and Psychology J.D./Ph.D. Program should apply for admission to both the College of Law and one of the following graduate programs in the Department of Psychology: social, developmental, or clinical.

M.L.S. Program

Candidates for the M.L.S. program must possess a 4-year degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or a comparable degree from a foreign institution approved by either the government or the relevant accrediting authority of the nation where the school is located. Also required are a personal statement, a résumé, a writing sample, letters of recommendation, a completed M.L.S. application, and official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate degree studies.

Degree Requirements

LL.M. in Biotechnology and Genomics

Required Courses:
Genetics and the Law – 3 credits [Fall]
Biotechnology: Science, Policy & Law– 3 credits [Spring]
Elective Courses:
The program is built upon courses currently offered at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law such as the following:**

Advanced Topics in Law, Science, & Technology
American Indian Health Policy
Applied Research in Law, Science,
Bioethics and Genetics in Intercultural
Bioethics and the Law
Biomedical Research Law and Ethics
Biotechnology Licensing and Litigation
Biotechnology and Intellectual Property
Biotechnology: Science, Law and Policy
Controversies in Biotech, Innovation and Developing
Copyright Law
Environmental Law
European Bioethics
FDA Regulation of Drugs, Devices, &
Functional Genomics
Genes, Stem Cells, and Justice
Genetics and the Law
Health Law
Healthcare Financing
IP in Cyberspace
IP in Portfolio Management
International IP
IP Commercialization & Technology
Law, Biology, and Human Behavior
Law, Litigation, and Science
Law, Science and Technology
Law, Science, and Litigation
Legal Statistics
Medical Malpractice
Patent Law
Patent Litigation
Patent Preparation and Prosecution
Public Health in Developing
Public Health Law

**New courses are expected as interests develop.

Graduate Certificate Program in Law, Science, and Technology

The Graduate Certificate Program has several constitutive parts: Substantive Course Work, Minimum Cumulative Average Grade, Student Activities, Substantive Writing Project, and Advising.

Substantive Course Work in Law, Science, and Technology subjects involves a minimum of seven courses (16 credit hours) at the College of Law. Two of the courses are Core Courses (except for students pursing a specialization). The Core Courses are: Law, Science, and Technology; Scientific Evidence; Law, Science, and Litigation; and Applied Research Seminar in Law, Science,and Technology. Five courses are chosen from a list of possible Elective Courses. A list of possible elective courses are as follows:

Administrative Law
American Indian Health Policy
Arizona Water Law
Aviation Law
Bioethics in Europe
Bioeth. & Genetics / Intercult. Context
Biotechnology: Law, Sci. & Policy
Biotechnology Licensing & Lit.
Communications/Media Law
Contingency Fee Patent Lit.
Contro. / Global Health & Ag. Biotech.
Copyright Law
Current Topics in Envir. Lit.
Current Topics in Water Law
Cyberspace Law
Disabilities Law
Elder Law
Emp. Legal Policy Issues
Energy Law
Entertainment Law
Environmental Justice
Environmental Law
Environmental Litigation
Family Law
FDA Regulation
Gender, Sexuality & the Law
Gender & Family Policy
Genes, Stem Cells, and Justice
Genetics & the Law
Health Law
Health Law, Ethics and Policy
High-Tech Licensing
(Intro. to) Intellectual Property
IP Portfolio Mgmt.
IP in Cyberspace
International Intellectual Property
International Environmental Law
Intl.Trade & Sustainable Devel.
Land Use Planning & Regulation
Law & Economics
Law & Psychology
Law & Psy. in the Trial Process
Law & Sustainable Development
Legal Issues in Sustainability
Legal Statistics
Licensing Intangible Property
Mass Tort Litigation
Medical Malpractice
Mental Health Law
Natural Resources Field Seminar
Natural Resources/Public Lands Law
Natural Resources Policy Clinic
Neuroscience and the Law
Patent Law
Patent Litigation
Patent Prosecution
Patent Licensing and Enforcement
Probability & Sci. in Court
Public Health Law
Research Ethics & Law
Scientific Revolution
Technology Ventures Clinic
Timber & Range
Toxic Tort Lit.
Trademark & Unfair Competition
Trade Secrets & Restr. Cov’nts
Water Law
Wildlife Law

Graduate Seminars (500 level or higher) in other Departments and / or Independent Study with Center Fellows on the College of Law faculty, as approved by the Director or Executive Director and the Academic Dean, may serve as Elective Courses. Participation in the Technology Transfer Clinic also counts for Elective Course credit (or as a qualifying course for the Intellectual Property specialization; see for a detailed description of the clinic.) N.B. When taken for six credits, the Technology Transfer Clinic shall count as two courses.

Students pursuing a specialization need four courses within the area of specialization (either Intellectual Property, Health Law, Environmental Law, and Genomics and Biotechnology Law.) In addition, the Core Course requirement is reduced from two courses to one course for students pursuing a specialization option. (An additional two courses, from the list of Elective Courses or courses described in subsection (c), are required to satisfy the seven (7) course minimum requirement.)

For the Intellectual Property specialization, the student must complete three of the following four courses (plus a fourth qualifying course): (Introduction to) Intellectual Property, Copyright Law, Patent Law, and Trademark and Unfair Competition. The qualifying courses are Copyright Law; Contingency Fee Patent Lititigation; High Tech Licensing; (Introduction to) Intellectual Property; IP Portfolio Management; International Intellectual Property; Nanotechnology; Patent Law; Patent Litigation: Patent Prosecution; Technology Ventures Clinic; Trademark and Unfair Competition; and Intellectual Property Commercialization and Technology Transfer.

For the Health Law specialization, the student shall complete Health Law and at least three other qualifying courses. The qualifying courses are Administrative Law; American Indian Health Policy; Bioethics; Controversies in Global Health and Agricultural Biotechnology; Disabilities Law; Elder Law; Family Law; FDA Regulation; Gender and Family Policy; Gender, Sexuality and the Law; Genetics and the Law; Medical Malpractice; Mental Health Law; Neuroscience and the Law; Public Health Law; and Research Ethics and Law.

For the Environmental Law specialization, the student shall complete Environmental Law and Natural Resources / Public Land Law and at least two other qualifying courses. The qualifying courses are Administrative Law; Environmental Justice; Environmental Litigation; International Environmental Law; International Trade and Sustainable Development: Land Use Planning and Regulation; Law of Sustainable Development; Legal Issues in Sustainability; Nanotechnology; Natural Resources Policy Clinic; Natural Resources Field Seminar; Timber and Range; Toxic Tort Litigation; Water Law; and Wildlife Law.

For the Genomics and Biotechnology Law specialization, the student shall complete Genetics and the Law and Biotechnology: Law, Science & Policy and at least two other qualifying courses. The qualifying courses are Bioethics; Bioethics and Ethics in Intercultural Context; Biotechnology Licensing and Litigation; Controversies in Global Health and Agricultural Biotechnology; FDA Regulation; Genes, Stem Cells, and Justice; Nanotechnology; Patent Law; Privacy; Public Health Law in Developing Countries; and Research Ethics and Law.

For the Law and Psychology specialization, the student shall complete four qualifying courses. One must be selected from the following four: Empirical Research and Legal Process; Law and Psychology; Law and Psychology of the Trial Process; and Law, Litigation and Science. The qualifying course are Cults and Alternative Religions; Elder Law; Empirical Research and Legal Process; Gender and Family Policy; Juvenile Law; Law and Psychology; Law and Psychology of the Trial Process; Law, Litigation and Science; Mental Health Law; Negotiation; Neuroscience and Law; and Probability and Science in Court. With prior approval relevant courses in the Psychology Department at Arizona State University may be used as qualifying courses.

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

Law and Psychology J.D./Ph.D.

Students enrolled in the Law and Psychology Graduate Program complete select portions of the traditional law curriculum and the traditional psychology graduate curriculum, and training at the intersection of law and psychology. To be considered to have completed the Program and eligible to receive both the J.D. and the Ph.D., students must satisfy the following minimum curriculum requirements:
J.D. requirements (60 credits)
Ph.D. requirements (60 credits)
Joint requirements (30 credits). The joint requirements are as follows:
Law and Psychology: Theory and Methodology seminar
Selected Topics in Law and Psychology seminar
Psycholegal Research (minimum of 6 credits)
Externship (minimum of 3 credits)
One semester of teaching
Coursework at the intersection of law, psychology, and public policy (minimum of 12 credits, to be pre-approved by the Program Director)

M.L.S. Program

Flexibility in course selection is a hallmark of the M.L.S. program. To provide an introduction to legal reasoning, the M.L.S. candidate is required to take at least two of the following first year classes:

  • Contracts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Property
  • Torts

In addition, the M.L.S. candidate must complete one of the following three credit courses:

  • Legal Process
  • Legislation
  • Jurisprudence

The remainder of the required 30 credit hours are electives.

Faculty Information

Twenty-seven members of the College of Law faculty with scholarly interests in the Law’s relationship to scientific and technical fields (and also, commonly, with scientific training that preceded their legal careers) are Faculty Fellows of the Center.

These include:
Kenneth W. Abbott
Braden Allenby
Andrew Askland
Paul S. Berman
Guy A. Cardineau
Adam Chodorow
Linda Jean Demaine
Ira Mark Ellman
Joseph M. Feller
Aaron X. Fellmeth
Betsy J. Grey
Dennis S. Karjala
David H. Kaye
Jay Koehler
Orde Kittrie
Myles V. Lynk
Gary E. Marchant
Eric Menkhus
James Nickel
Jonathan Rose
Michael Saks
Ann M. Stanton
Douglas Sylvester
Patricia D. White
James Weinstein

Financial Information

LL.M. in Biotechnology and Genomics/ M.L.S. Program

Tuition is $25,000 for a full-time program completed in one year or a part-time program completed in more than three-years. If a student enrolls on a part-time basis, the $25,000 program fee will be divided over the terms of enrollment on a per credit hour basis. Employee tuition remission is not available on this special program fee portion of the program costs.

Graduate Certificate Program in Law, Science, and Technology

There are no special fees or charges for admission to or completion of the Graduate Certificate Program. Students admitted to the Program pay tuition and other fees to the College of Law and those charges encompass the course work and other requirements of the Program.