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2 Pace Law School
PATH TO PRACTICE
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Pace Law is fully invested in preparing students for success in the changing legal profession. We were one of the first law schools to emphasize the practical skills that employers seek. We continue to innovate, most recently by creating a capstone program for students to spend their final semester in supervised practice. Students learn in a collaborative culture right in the heart of the nations most dynamic marketplace. Owing to the range and quality of jobs which our graduates secure, and our generous scholarships and grants, a Pace Law education delivers exceptional value.
2 every important issue in society and the economy is growing in complexity, and solutions almost always have a legal component. New legal fields are emerging, such as financial compliance, data security,
and privacy, and while some established fields are contracting, others are
growing. Demand for public interest lawyers is intense. This is an excellent
time to consider an education and future in the law, and its an exciting
and transformative time here at Pace Law.
Pace Law students follow a distinctive path to practice which flows directly
from the modern legal and commercial marketplace. Our 1L curriculum is
built on a solid and rigorous foundation of traditional legal concepts and
the rules of litigation procedure. Afterwards, students quickly transition to
a skills-building focus, leading to representing actual clients in our clinics
and supervised field placements. Our unique location outside New York City
offers valuable access to internship and employment opportunities, and
draws leaders in the legal community to our campus.
Whether you know precisely what type of law you want to practice, or are
open to exploring options, if you join us at Pace Law, you will become part
of a vibrant, ambitious, and nurturing community focused on exceptional
and practical training and mentoring.
David Yassky, Dean of Pace Law School
We understand the ongoing changes in the legal profession, and are committed to helping our students transform into fully prepared professionals who are in demand across a wide variety of fields.
David Yassky was named Dean in 2014. A constitutional scholar, he has also spent time in private practice, as well as varied roles including chief counsel to a Congressional subcommittee and positions in New York City government.
4 Pace Law SchooL iS on the cutting eDge of LegaL eDucation anD PubLic intereSt LawYering.Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York
5concentrations and fields of study
accelerated J.d. program
Students may complete their J.D. in two-and-a-
half years. Students starting in the spring semester
complete their first year by pursuing courses in
the summer. Students starting in the fall semester
may enroll in two consecutive summer sessions.
Pace Law offers outstanding programs in many fields of legal practice.
Our world-class Environmental Law program has consistently been ranked
among the best nationwide. Weve earned a preeminent reputation in
fields including Public Interest Law and International Law. Students enjoy
significant flexibility and breadth in addition to the traditional J.D., we
offer an accelerated two-and-a-half year J.D., certificates in International and
Environmental law, eight joint degrees, and Masters of Law degree options.
Business and commercial law
employment and laBor law
financial institution compliance
HealtH law and policy
land use and real estate law
litigation and dispute resolution
puBlic interest law
taxation, trusts, and estates
intellectual property and tecHnology law
Engaged Learningdegrees, curriculum, programs
6PATH TO PRACTICE / academics
Informative and predictive writing
Client interviewing and counseling
Print and electronic legal research
Oral and written appellate advocacy
2l / 3l curriculum
Legislative or Regulatory Course
Upper-Level Writing requirement
Skills Courses: Live- client clinic, externship or simulation courses
Specialized courses and seminars
Final semester: opportunity for supervised practice
rigorous first-year courses build a strong foundation of traditional legal concepts and procedural rules. upperclass students move quickly into a distinctive skills-building curriculum. Versed thoroughly in legal theory and practice, our students graduate with the skills and knowledge most valued by employers.
Legal Skills Program
7advocacy and moot court
Our trial advocacy and moot court programs,
which transform students into highly effective
advocates, have earned a significant national
reputation. Led by outstanding professors
who are also successful practitioners, these
programs synthesize classroom learning, real
world observation, simulated courtroom
classes and a strong foundation in legal skills
and substantive law. In moot court and
simulated trials, students argue cases, provide
legal representation to clients in a wide range
of practical skills courses, receive professional
feedback on their performance by peers,
faculty, practicing attorneys, and judges, and
gain exposure to areas of law in which they are
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Pace Law students participate in several national and international moot court competitions.
aS a reSuLt of engageD Learning, our StuDentS waLk into an interView. anD SaY, Let me teLL You about what iVe Done, here iS mY PortfoLio.
Professor John R. Nolon
Founder, Land Use Law Center and Professor of Law and Adjunct Professor,
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
the waY in which Pace Law trainS ProViDeS exactLY the baLance of theorY anD PracticaL aPPLication Sought bY SoPhiSticateD LegaL PracticeS.Nathan A. Haynes 98, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP
PATH TO PRACTICE / academics
9Degree and Joint Degree ProgramsJ.d.
Three-year program, accelerated two-and-a-half
year program, extended four-year part-time program
J.d. / ll.m. in environmental law
J.d. / master of environmental management
with Yale University School of Forestry
& Environmental Studies
J.d. / master of environmental policy
with Pace University
J.d. / master of science in environmental policy
with Bard Center for Environmental Policy,
J.d. / m.B.a.
with Pace University Lubin School of Business
J.d. / m.p.a.
with Pace University Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
J.d. / m.a. in womens History
with Sarah Lawrence College
B.a. / J.d. or B.s. / J.d.
with Pace University Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
and other institutions
Graduate Programsll.m. in comparative legal studies
ll.m. in environmental law
with optional tracks in Climate Change Law
or Land Use and Sustainable Development Law
s.J.d. in environmental law
Certificate Programs and ConcentrationsSpecialized fields of practice within the J.D. program, with
credit-hour requirements met simultaneously with the J.D.
real estate and land use practice
Participation in law reviews
managed and edited entirely by
students is an important
component of legal education,
aiding in the development
of essential legal writing skills.
pace law review
pace environmental law review
pace international law review
ProfeSSorS ProViDe cLoSe SuPerViSion anD guiDance in cLinicaL courSeS where StuDentS Learn to uSe their LegaL knowLeDge anD SkiLLS to SerVe cLientS.Professor Gretchen Flint
Executive Director, John Jay Legal Services (pictured at right)
Professor Jason Parkin is founder and director of the Neighborhood Justice Clinic, in which students represent individuals and organizations in both litigation and non- litigation matters related to workers rights and other issues affecting low-income communities.
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Learning through real-world experience has been a critical part of our DNA
from day one. As one of the first law schools to emphasize practical legal skills
as a complement to theory, we offer a broad portfolio of clinics with a deep
history of public service and commitment to social justice students learn
while advocating for clients and groups in need. Under the supervision of
professors and under a student practice order, students transition from textbook
to practice by acting as attorneys they interview and counsel clients, mediate
and arbitrate disputes, and appear in court and before administrative agencies.