Initiative on Law and Values in Health, Environment, and the Life Sciences

This Initiative deepened the University's commitment to the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences which was founded in 2000 to respond to the most challenging legal and ethical questions of the 21st century, questions posed by biomedicine and the life sciences. These are questions that require a new kind of cross-disciplinary work fully marrying legal, ethical, and scientific expertise. The University's commitment to grappling with these emerging and complex questions is part of its land-grant legacy of serving the people of Minnesota, the country, and the world.


The Consortium links 17 of the University's leading programs and centers, leveraging the University's strengths in the life sciences, biomedicine, law, bioethics, and public policy to do cutting-edge work on the societal implications of the life sciences. The Consortium's partner program, the Joint Degree Program in Law, Health & the Life Sciences offers 21 degree combinations, allowing exceptional students to combine a law degree with a wide range of graduate and professional degrees in the life sciences, biomedicine, and environmental studies.


The Presidential Initiative allowed the Consortium to launch the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology; increase the capability to seek and manage externally funded grants; create a Visiting Senior Scholar position to bring to campus and the community each year a prominent scholar focusing on the societal implications of the life sciences; support work on the implications of the life sciences by Consortium members and Joint Degree Program partners; and continue extensive programming including a lecture series, lunch series, and two annual conferences.

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Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences

Joint Degree Program in Law, Health & the Life Sciences

Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology