What are the government policies that support science? What can science contribute to law and policy? How do different agencies govern the progress of scientific discovery? How do disparate regulations impact scientific funding in controversial areas like stem cell research? How is scientific research funded? What are the rules regarding research involving individuals, or the role of academic science in national innovation? These questions and more will be explored by reviewing the history of US science policy since World War II, and looking at the interaction of law, science, and policy with an emphasis on the life sciences in the United States. There are no prerequisites for the course, and the course is designed for students without graduate or upper-level undergraduate training in the sciences. Course evaluation will be based on weekly "blogs" on readings, one short reaction paper, and a final exam.