Boston University School of Law

JD910 Law & Ethics of Medical Research (S)(formerly Medical Research and the Law (S))


This seminar will focus on the intersection between cutting edge medical research, law and ethics. How do law and public policy advance the goals of medical research while protecting those who volunteer to be human subjects? Who can legally consent to participate in research? Who is responsible for ensuring the potential benefits of the research outweigh the potential risks in conducting the research? How are conflicts of interest managed between the goals of treatment versus the goals of research or the financial sponsorship of a study and scientific integrity of the clinical trial? Should human subjects be able to profit from the results of research they participate in? The seminar will also take an in depth look at legal trends of property and gift law concepts applied to tissue banked for research as well as an overview of the regulatory and legal considerations in genetic and stem cell research. This seminar should be particularly engaging for students interested in health law, medical ethics and public policy. There are no prerequisites for this seminar. NOTE: This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. LIMITED WRITING REQUIREMENT OPTION: A limited number of students may be permitted to satisfy the upper-class writing requirement with the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar, or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who waitlist for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.