Student Stories: Environmental law appeals to wildlife, fisheries grad

October 10, 2012

You gotta love it when a plan comes together …

Robert Caccese always knew he wanted to attend law school to study environmental law, but he felt it would be beneficial to focus on something else as an undergraduate student.

Caccese, from Weatherly, Pa., graduated with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences in May, and he now is pursuing a three-year law degree at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law.

"I thought it was more appropriate to get a bachelor's degree in something that I enjoyed," he said. "I love hunting, fishing and anything involving the outdoors, and I'm involved with sportsmen's conservation organizations -- which is why I wanted to study wildlife and fisheries science.

"I am studying law now because I have an interest in environmental law and the judicial system."

Caccese applied to many law schools but was pleased when he was accepted at Penn State. "It's a good law school, and I liked it here as an undergrad," he said. "So I wanted to stay."

He believes his uncommon educational combination will give him an edge because he will have a unique perspective on how to approach the legal system and environmental issues as a wildlife and fisheries science expert.

"I hope to be a lawyer specializing in the issues surrounding Marcellus Shale natural-gas drilling and production, or to be involved with protecting the hunting rights of sportsmen."

Caccese admits he wants to stay close to his roots.

"I grew up surrounded by outdoor activities and consider myself a country boy," he said. "Because of this background and my Wildlife and Fisheries Science degree, I feel like I will know what things need to be changed or protected when I am a lawyer.

"And I will have the credentials and expertise to do that."


  • Robert Caccese is now a student at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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Last Updated October 12, 2012