Samantha J. Prince

Samantha J. Prince

Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills and Entrepreneurship

Email: sjp15@psu.edu
Phone: 717-240-5286

Education:
LL.M., Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., Widener Commonwealth Law
B.S., Muhlenberg College

 

Prince on Teaching

Traditional law school teaching focuses on analyzing the law. My goal has always been to impart practical legal skills on my law students so that upon graduation and entering the work force, they are not only academically ready but practice ready as well. While it is important to master the skill of analyzing the law, I've found it is equally important to be able to apply the law. To that end, each of the courses I teach contains experiential learning elements through real-life examples and interactive projects. Giving students assignments that focus on skills such as problem solving, negotiating, and drafting during law school allows them the ability to receive valuable feedback in this academic setting, which in turn makes them better, more marketable legal professionals. Plus, it's more fun than reading and briefing cases all of the time!

Prince on Community

Community can be viewed from two different perspectives, both within our institution itself, and that as being a part of the local legal community.

I find our Law School community to be particularly engaging. The students, faculty and staff work together to ensure all involved have an excellent experience, both academically and personally. There are numerous student organizations and a stimulating curriculum to keep students engaged and motivated. As the faculty advisor to the Business Law Society, the student members and I present lectures and hold workshops to assist entrepreneurs across the Commonwealth. As the moderator for our Inside Entrepreneurship Law blog, I help students choose topics of interest to them and to entrepreneurs. Any Dickinson Law student is eligible to write for the blog.

Prior to joining our resident faculty, I served the Law School as an adjunct faculty member. Being involved with law students while also working in a transactional business practice afforded me the ability to continually view both the academic and practice sides of the profession. There were multiple benefits derived from this dual relationship. I was able to learn which types of knowledge were important for our students to acquire. What are firms looking for in associate applicants? What knowledge will help our students stand out among the other applicants? Additionally, due to my involvement with various governmental, law and entrepreneurship organizations, I was able to bring informative guest speakers into the classroom. Inviting such speakers not only served to enlighten the students but also allowed for networking, which aided with student job placement. Finally, being involved with both practitioners and the Law School simultaneously allowed me to bring awareness of the Law School goings-on to members of the legal community.

By becoming resident faculty and continuing to maintain the relationships I have made with government, entrepreneurs, and local business attorneys, I am able to not only continue the above, but do so more effectively.

Prince's Engagement with the Profession

I have represented entrepreneurs and their businesses for over 20 years. In practice, I advised countless entrepreneurs and aided them with starting up their businesses to include, not just formation, but also protecting intellectual property, drafting business plans, raising capital and establishing employee policies and handbooks. My experiences include an initial public offering of a successful wound care company; taxation and securities disclosures incident to various business transactions; funding businesses through various capital raising techniques; drafting employee handbooks; and advising on employee benefits matters.

Practicing law and teaching law go hand-in-hand. I endeavor to bring my experiences into the classroom in a way that benefits each of my students.

Prince's Outside Interests

I have two children. My son is a Schreyer Honors College graduate from Penn State with his degree in electrical engineering. He is currently attending Colorado University – Boulder’s Electrical Engineering Masters/Ph.D. program. My daughter is a member of Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College and is an aspiring microbiologist. Her research is focused on bacteria. Although my children provide plenty of entertainment, I do find the underwater world intriguing as well. Whether it be through scuba diving or snorkeling, I enjoy the thrill of finding new creatures. The Caribbean, with its clear and warm waters, is a favorite destination. More recently, I’ve been broadening my travel to Europe, and enjoy the opportunity to discuss travel, art and the world with students.