Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation


Interdisciplinary academic center to find natural partnerships with scholars, students in SMU’s business and engineering schools

The Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation in SMU’s Dedman School of Law. provides a platform for collaboration among legal, science, engineering, and business students, scholars and professionals.  

 The creation of this new academic center within Dedman Law is a prime example of how expertise, scholarly need and philanthropic resources come together at SMU in remarkable ways.  Solving complex issues requires application of knowledge from several disciplines and this center will be a model of scholarly interaction.

Scheduled to begin operating in 2015, the center will focus on the intersection of innovation, intellectual property law, and entrepreneurship by exploring the relationship between innovation policies, scientific research, and the development and commercialization of new technologies.

The Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation will enhance our academic programming for students and support our faculty’s groundbreaking research and scholarship in the areas of science and technology.  The center also provides the opportunity to develop innovative collaborations with SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering and Cox School of Business.  

The various campus competitions that challenge students to develop and implement business plans and solutions to community programs will benefit from the resources of the Tsai Center.  Students competing in SMU’s Big Ideas program, for example, will really appreciate guidance they will be able to get on their own campus.

The Tsai Center will be an asset and used extensively in an entrepreneurial city like Dallas.

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