Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA
 

News Release

March 14, 2013
Southwestern Partners with Keck Graduate Institute to Offer Innovative Certificate of Bioscience Industry Law and Practice

Southwestern has partnered with the Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), part of the Claremont Colleges, to offer an exciting Certificate of Bioscience Industry Law and Practice to students at both institutions. Attorneys and business leaders knowledgeable about business practices and intellectual property rights are in high demand in the bioscience industry. This certificate program provides an avenue for students at both institutions to develop expertise in areas that are critical for success in this field.

Keck Graduate Institute logoBeginning in the Fall of 2013, qualified students from KGI can take courses at Southwestern in intellectual property law, patent and trademark law, and regulatory law as it applies to health care and the bioscience industry. Qualified students from Southwestern can take courses at KGI in the area of technology management, entrepreneurship, and bioscience related industry dynamics. Students from both schools who complete the required coursework will earn a Certificate in Bioscience Industry Law and Practice.

"The certificate program provides an excellent opportunity for our students to study the interplay between law and biosciences, and should be particularly attractive for those interested in an intellectual property law career," Dean Austen Parrish of Southwestern said. "The program reflects Southwestern's longstanding commitment to providing an innovative and interdisciplinary legal education."

Founded in 1997, KGI educates future leaders of the bioscience industry through distinctive Professional Science Master's and Ph.D. programs offering integrated life science/engineering/business curriculums and focusing on industry projects and collaborations. KGI is the second institution in the Claremont Colleges Consortium with which Southwestern has established a partnership - concurrent JD/MBA degree programs have been offered in collaboration with The Drucker Graduate School of Management since 2009.

Keck Graduate Institute Student in LabSheldon M. Schuster, President of the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, hopes that this unique certificate will be the beginning of many valuable programs that bridge law and the business of the life sciences. "As the life sciences become more integral to our health, our food and our environment, the legal dimensions of the business become more complex and important," he said. "It is a wonderful opportunity to develop a program with a leading law school so students can gain the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate this crucial interface."

This partnership offers students an important entrée into this fast-growing industry through specialized courses and interdisciplinary team projects sponsored by companies. Certificate graduates will acquire some of the essential skills and knowledge necessary for leadership roles in this fast growing and competitive industry as well as in legal organizations, including government agencies, law firms and related private-sector corporations.

"The biosciences industry has an unmet need for attorneys who are knowledgeable about business practices and intellectual property rights," Southwestern Professor Ryan Abbott, who is also an M.D., explained. "There is also a strong demand for business leaders who know the law and industry regulations."

Students will need to complete a minimum of 2 units at KGI and 4 units at Southwestern to earn the Certificate in Bioscience Industry Law and Practice (generally two courses at each school). Students will be graded on a credit/no credit (C+ or better) basis in the courses they take at the partner school. A more detailed description of the Southwestern-KGI certificate program is available online.

Students interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to attend one of the information sessions scheduled at Southwestern with representatives from the Keck Graduate Institute on Tuesday, March 19, at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. in Room W336. Questions about the Southwestern-KGI certificate program may be directed to Associate Dean Molly Selvin.