CENTER FOR LAW & BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
CENTER FOR LAW & BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
Health care law program ranked #22 among public law schools and #44 among all law schools in U.S. News & World Report
The Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences (LABS) is a dynamic, interdisciplinary group of faculty and students engaged in research and teaching about law and the biomedical sciences. We feature expertise in law and health, health and human rights, disability, bioethics, genetics, neuroscience, evidence, torts, privacy, food and drug law, public health law, biotechnology, cognitive psychology, and intellectual property. We are committed to explaining and improving the law in these rapidly evolving fields to help overcome the critical health challenges of our times.
Health law course offerings include health law, FDA law, law and neuroscience, law and genetics, and law and the opioid epidemic. We also offer a colloquium in law and the biosciences, as well as a range of courses in IP law. We have a variety of externship opportunities for students in health law, IP law, and law and the biosciences.
The college also offers a certificate of specialized study in IP law. LABS faculty and student scholars have strong interests in IP, and work in LABS is integrally related to our Program on Intellectual Property and Technology Law.
- Health Law
- Law and Bioethics
- Genetics and Law
- Intellectual Property
- Patent Law
- Patent Drafting
- Intellectual Property Licensing
- Food and Drug Law
- Disability Law
- Health Law Externship
- Seminar on Law and the Opioid Crisis
- Colloquium on Law and the Biosciences
- Seminar on Law and Neuroscience
FACULTY & STAFF
Leslie FrancisDist. Alfred C. Emery Prof. of Law, Dist. Prof. of Philosophy
For the seventh year in a row, the College of Law retained its position as a top 10 program for environmental law. Several other specialty programs also secured notable placements, including criminal law at #30; intellectual property at #33, and health law at #32 in the nation.
Katie Cox ’18 is now a lawyer at Utah’s Disability Law Center. At the DLC, Katie has established a state-wide medical-legal clinic serving people whose health conditions are exacerbated by their legal needs. Katie also works on employment and housing discrimination cases. As a LABS fellow, Katie was funded by the return-to-work program at the Social Security Administration (ARDRAW) for research on the accommodations needed by people on long-term disability to return to work.
— Katie Cox
After practicing patent law in Salt Lake City for several years, Tenley Schofeld ’14 received a further degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Nottingham. Tenley is currently an Examiner Trainee at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. As a LABS fellow, Tenley helped student inventors in the University’s Bench to Bedside program file their preliminary patent applications..
— Tenley Schofeld
LABS had a direct influence in my professional development and where I am today. Currently I work as an Attorney Advisor in the Office of General Counsel of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Office of General Counsel is the legal advisory office to the Department providing legal counsel and assistance with respect to all programs and activities. As a Federal Government Attorney, I provide legal counsel and advice on all aspects of federal housing and urban development laws, regulations, and policies. I also advise HUD on complex closings, including mixed financing transactions for residential development, nursing homes, and health care facilities.