Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Courses I - L

776: Law & the Life Sciences

Credit Hours



The course is a 2-credit course with a final paper (8-10 pages) and presentation, including two short reaction essays during the semester.  It will examine a variety of legal, policy, scientific, social, and ethical issues at the forefront of advancements in the life sciences.  The course will take an interdisciplinary approach to examination of these issues, drawing upon a diverse set of reading materials spanning various legal fields such as food and drug law, antitrust law, consumer protection law, environmental law, intellectual property law, and bioethics.  Topics to be covered include the intersection of law and science, human subjects’ research, wearable medical apps, genomics and genetic enhancement, nanotechnology and nanobiotechnology, neuroscience, and synthetic biology.  The core focus of the course will be on exploration of these issues for purposes of developing solid academic legal research and writing.