Arizona State University To Offer 1st Master's Degree In Biotech, Genomics Law
Arizona State University's law college next year will offer the country's first advanced legal degree in biotechnology and genomics. The move comes as worldwide demand for scientific legal expertise rapidly increases, school officials said. The one-year master's program, authorized last week by the Arizona Board of Regents, has already sparked the interest of local law students, and of people in countries ranging from South Korea to Brazil. The new program will prepare lawyers for cases involving a range of complex ethical and scientific issues, including cloning, genetic privacy, medical malpractice, pharmaceutics, genetic engineering and in-vitro fertilization, said Gary Marchant, executive director of the law school's Center for Law, Science and Technology, which will support the program. Marchant said that when he graduated from Harvard Law School in 1990, none of the country's top legal firms even handled biotechnology cases. Now, he said, biotech cases are piling up by the thousands.