Earth Science directly benefits each of us through the research
conducted by NASA and other government agencies. But how does all this
research happen? Who pays for it? Who gets to use it, and who makes sure
it is fairly distributed and that those who did it are compensated?
NASA operates under Federal statutes drafted and perfected by lawyers
with an interest in, and extensive knowledge of Earth Science. These
statutes enable NASA and agencies like the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to
collect information from all over the country, and around the world.
Laws are also written concerning how people can interact with their
environment most effectively. Laws serve not just to punish but to educate,
and compliance with environmental legislation helps everyone in the long run.
Lawyers with an Earth Science background can help companies stay within
legal guidelines and to plan ahead. They can also help NASA, NOAA, USGS
and other agencies coordinate efforts to better understand our planet.
Put your detail-oriented mind to the best use: become a lawyer whose
heart and mind are working for the planet.
Updated: January 22, 2003