The Dickinson School of Law’s relationship with Penn State’s School of International Affairs epitomizes the University’s commitment to collaborative research and service. Bringing Law School faculty together with their School of International Affairs colleagues, as well as University experts in education, business, religious studies, biology, and information sciences and technology, the School aims to enhance international understanding and serve the public good. In this and other interdisciplinary opportunities at Penn State, Law School students pursue joint degrees in international affairs, business, education, environmental pollution control, and public administration, and collaborate with faculty to conduct crucial research on legal topics in sports law, agricultural law and policy, and human rights law. Whether working with other University stakeholders or with representatives of state and federal government agencies, Law School faculty and students are conducting work that promises to shape discussions of pressing legal issues for years to come.
“I’ve been able to involve students with research to a greater extent at Penn State than at any other institution where I’ve taught. One student used her seminar paper to create a listing petition for an imperiled species pursuant to the Endangered Species Act that is currently pending. Involving students in research projects is beneficial for everyone, but it takes a lot of financial support to make it happen.”
Jamison E. Colburn teaches property and administrative law as well as environmental and natural resources law. His current book represents a cross-disciplinary investigation of the relationship between conservation and law in the twenty-first century.