The Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation is a research-focused academic center exploring how law and policy affect scientific research and discovery as well as the development and commercialization of new technologies. The Tsai Center also explores the converse—how scientific discoveries and new technologies affect ethics, society, private industry, and governmental institutions and agencies. The Tsai Center presents educational programming, facilitates academic research, and provides educational opportunities that engage students and the academic and business communities interested in law, science and innovation. In short, the Tsai Center exists to engage the public, scholars, students, scientists, policymakers, and innovators in consideration of the most pressing questions of science and innovation policy.
The Tsai Center is located at the SMU Dedman School of Law. Founded in 1925, the SMU Dedman School of Law is the top ranked private law school—and one of the two top-tier law schools—in the State of Texas. It is among the most competitive law schools in the United States for admission, as well as one of the most successful in the placement of its graduates. The SMU Dedman School of Law is located in Dallas, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States. Given this location, the Tsai Center has access to a wide range of groups supporting scientific discovery and technological innovation—from numerous art, science, and engineering programs at SMU and other local universities and medical schools, to various technology incubators and accelerators, to the Dallas Regional Office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The Tsai Center invites you to explore the intersection of law, science and innovation with us.