Through this first-of-its-kind clinic, law students collaborate with organizations (educational, nonprofit, for profit) to facilitate sustainable development projects abroad. The International Sustainable Development Projects Law Clinic provides students with the opportunity to build the legal skills necessary to bring sustainable new ventures to market in an international setting.
A core mission of the Clinic is to support interdisciplinary teams brought together by Penn State’s Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship program (HESE), to develop, design, and implement humanitarian projects in the developing world. The Clinic supports HESE’s development of technology-based solutions to compelling problems facing developing countries and transform these solutions into sustainable and scalable ventures that enable positive social change. Projects have taken HESE teams to countries including Kenya, Tanzania, India, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. Clinic students will work in teams with students from all the colleges of Penn State (including the College of Engineering and the Smeal College of Business) and will be responsible for identifying and evaluating potential legal obstacles to implementation of innovations, advising stakeholders, and facilitating solutions.
Under the direction of Professor Jeff Erickson, students will learn how to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary setting. Participation in the clinic is a one semester commitment, including possible summer work on the ground in the host nation. A second semester advanced clinic experience is also available as approved by Professor Erickson.