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Pace University—Elisabeth Haub School of Law


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A Well-Rounded Legal Education

Pace Law is a national law school, recognized for several of its high-quality programs, particularly the Environmental Law program. Students can explore a wide range of curricular offerings or pursue 1 of 14 areas of study. Pace Law also offers a variety of clinics, centers, externships, and simulation courses for hands-on practical experience. White Plains, New York, home to Pace Law, is also home to federal and state courthouses, numerous law firms, corporations, public interest organizations, and government entities and is just 20 miles north of the heart—and pulse—of New York City.

Founded in 1976, Pace Law benefits from its network of more than 8,500 alumni throughout the world. Pace Law offers full-time and part-time day Juris Doctor programs with the opportunity to pursue a Master of Laws in Environmental Law (including the nation’s first Climate Change track and the Land Use and Sustainable Development track); a Master of Laws in Comparative Legal Studies; and a Doctor of Laws in Environmental Law. The school is part of Pace University, a comprehensive, independent, and diversified university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County.

Engaged Learning

The JD program provides students with the fundamental skills necessary for the practice of law nationally, and the flexibility to shape their elective coursework based on particular career goals. The curriculum is based on the concept that rigorous standards and high-quality teaching can coexist with an atmosphere congenial to learning and enjoyment. Students may obtain certificates in Environmental Law and in International Law or may choose to concentrate in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Criminal Practice, or Land Use and Real Estate Law.

Joint degrees such as a JD/MBA, JD/MPA, or JD/MS in Environmental Policy with Pace University; a JD/MEM with Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; a JD/MS in Environmental Policy with Bard College; or a JD/MA in Women’s History with Sarah Lawrence College are also offered. Graduate law degrees (an LLM in Comparative Legal Studies or Environmental Law) attract attorneys from around the world. JD candidates taking 12 credits of Environmental Law may earn LLM degrees in one additional semester.

Pace Law also offers students the opportunity to complete a three-year JD degree in two and a half years through the Accelerated Program.

The majority of elective classes have fewer than 25 students, which fosters close faculty-student relationships. The range of scholarship reflects a faculty of diverse interests, and the curriculum offers courses in traditional areas of legal study, legal theory, and specialized studies. Areas of study include

  • Business Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family and Elder Law
  • Financial Institution Compliance
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Immigration Law
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Law
  • International Law
  • Land Use and Real Estate Law
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Taxation
  • Trusts and Estates

Faculty scholarship also covers such specialized areas as the Americans with Disabilities Act, children’s legal representation, environmental and toxic torts, equal pay, food and beverage law, hazardous waste, health-care fraud, international commercial law, land use law, legal and ethical issues in health care, nonprofit organizations, prosecutorial and judicial ethics, racially motivated violence, securities fraud, sports and entertainment law, and white-collar crime.

Path to Practice

Pace Law has implemented experiential education programs to ensure that students learn a wide variety of lawyering skills while in law school. Our First Year Legal Skills Program teaches first-year students—in small sections of approximately 20 students—the fundamental lawyering skills of legal research, case synthesis and analysis, and informative and persuasive writing. Our highly trained team of law librarians teaches students how to conduct print and electronic research using cutting-edge technology and electronic databases. The first-year experience culminates at the end of the second semester of the program with the Louis V. Fasulo First Year Moot Court Competition, in which students draft an appellate brief and argue before a panel of distinguished judges.

In the upper level, to fulfill the Upper Level Skills Requirement, students may enroll in a wide variety of skills classes, including 24 different simulation courses, 12 externship programs, and seven client representation clinics. The simulations allow students to master specific lawyering skills such as interviewing, counseling, negotiating, drafting, conducting direct and cross-examinations of witnesses, and closing transactions. Externships place students on or off campus with legal services providers, public interest organizations, research and advocacy centers, government agencies, and other not-for-profit law offices so they can work with practicing lawyers. In on-campus clinics, students represent actual clients under the supervision of faculty in areas such as criminal trial advocacy, disability rights, food and beverage law, immigrants’ rights, investor rights, environmental justice, and workers’ rights. In addition, our moot court and advocacy programs offer cocurricular opportunities to compete against students from other law schools in national student competitions to demonstrate mastery of lawyering skills such as client counseling, trial, and appellate advocacy. Pace Law encourages students to pursue a semester immersed in practice through the Pro Bono Scholars program where students devote their entire final semester to providing legal services in our clinics and other legal service offices after taking the February bar exam.

In the popular and growing field of environmental law, students work on conservation and development matters through the Land Use Law Center; help nation-states develop climate change policies through the country’s only United Nations Environmental Diplomacy Externship; extern with a federal agency in Washington, DC; and help accelerate the world’s transition to clean, efficient, and renewable energy alternatives through the Pace Energy and Climate Center.

Pace Law’s international programs allow students to spend a summer abroad with one of the United Nations war crimes tribunals, or intern abroad with law firms and corporate legal departments handling international trade matters. In addition, Pace Law students work with Missions to the UN and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) throughout the school year and have approximately 30 international law courses to choose from, ranging from Prosecution of War Crimes to International Trade Law.

Judicial externship programs allow students to hone their writing skills in a mentoring program with a faculty member and in the chambers of a state or United States district or federal circuit court judge.

Whatever your interests, Pace Law has the facilities and resources to help you pursue them.

Place Matters

Pace Law is located in White Plains, New York, just outside New York City, blocks away from federal and state courthouses, major law firms, and corporate headquarters. As the only law school between New York City and Albany, Pace Law enjoys a unique relationship with the law firms, judiciary, and corporations in this thriving regional economy. The unique campus setting is tree filled with lots of room for students to enjoy the outdoors. Pace Law has a dormitory on campus where students may choose to live during their time here. The Pace Law Library is housed in a 50,051-square-foot airy, modern facility. The law library contains an extensive collection of law and law-related publications, provides access to materials in other libraries in metropolitan New York and throughout the United States, and subscribes to national online research systems such as LexisNexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law, and HeinOnline. Pace Law students have free access to these databases from computer terminals distributed throughout the law library as well as in the student lounge, and remotely from their home computers. The library features attractive, comfortable spaces in which students can study individually or in groups.

Nurturing Leaders: Career Development Services

The Center for Career and Professional Development and the Public Interest Law Center (jointly, the “Center”) offer a number of services to students and alumni, including one-on-one counseling and résumé review; a wide variety of practice area panels and skills programs; specific job, internship, and fellowship opportunities; a winter career fair; and on-campus interview and résumé-collection programs. The center publishes numerous online career guides that provide an overview of practice specialties and related legal employment markets, descriptions of types of legal employers, and specific legal-recruiting information. The center also provides sample résumés and cover letters, webinar presentations, and other resources. The staff actively solicits and identifies employment opportunities through an on-campus career fair and other outreach activities.

Student Activities and Organizations

Pace Law publishes three law reviews, the Pace Law Review, the Pace Environmental Law Review, and the Pace International Law Review. Students also work on GreenLaw, an online blog published by the Pace Law Center for Environmental Legal Studies; and the Pace Intellectual Property, Sports and Entertainment Law Forum, an online publication dedicated to the discussion of emerging legal issues in the intellectual property, sports, and entertainment law fields. Students compete in interscholastic moot court competitions; host the largest environmental moot court competition in the country (the Jeffrey G. Miller Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition); and participate in the Pace-founded Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, the first and largest international commercial arbitration moot court competition of its kind, in Vienna, Austria. Pace Law also sponsors 34 active student organizations, focusing on professional interests, diversity, politics, and social action.

Investment Realized: Financial Aid

Recognized as one of the best law schools for reducing the debt of its students, Pace Law offers a comprehensive aid program that includes scholarships, need-based grants, work study, and diversity grants. Pace Law is committed to making legal education affordable and within reach. Financial Aid Advisors are available to help students navigate all aspects of financial aid including the loan process, loan forgiveness, and debt consolidation. Each admitted student is automatically considered for appropriate scholarships and grants.

Admission/Visits to Campus

Pace Law seeks students with demonstrated potential to contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the law school community and legal profession. Students may apply to enter in September or January. The Accelerated Program allows students to complete their degrees in two and a half years.

Pace Law hosts several open-house programs that include tours; discussions with faculty, administrators, and students; and information sessions regarding the admission process, financial aid, career placement, and campus life. We also encourage individual visits to include sitting in on a first-year class and a tour with a student mentor. For a complete list of our on-campus events, visit our website.


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Contact Information

78 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603

Phone: 914.422.4210
Fax: 914.989.8714
Email: admissions@law.pace.edu
Website: www.law.pace.edu
ABA Data: law.pace.edu/aba-required-disclosures-consumer-information

Applicant Profile

The following grid includes applicants who were admitted for all terms in academic year 2017. By comparing your LSAT score and GPA with those of the admitted applicants whose data is reflected on this grid, you can get a general sense of your competitiveness at this school.

Note:

  1. Law schools consider many other factors beyond the LSAT score and GPA.
  2. The data in the grid is from a previous application year and may not reflect fluctuations in applicant volume that affect admission decisions.
  3. The data includes deferrals. Deferrals are defined as “admitted applicants who were granted a postponed enrollment for a subsequent term.”
  GPA    
LSAT
Score
3.75+
Apps
3.75+
Adm
3.50–
3.74 Apps
3.50–
3.74 Adm
3.25–
3.49 Apps
3.25–
3.49 Adm
3.00–
3.24 Apps
3.00–
3.24 Adm
2.75–
2.99 Apps
2.75–
2.99 Adm
2.50–
2.74 Apps
2.50–
2.74 Adm
2.25–
2.49 Apps
2.25–
2.49 Adm
2.00–
2.24 Apps
2.00–
2.24 Adm
Below 2.00
Apps
Below 2.00
Adm
No GPA
Apps
No GPA
Adm
Total
Apps
Total
Adm
170–180 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
165–169 2 2 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 11 10
160–164 9 9 5 5 13 13 7 7 4 4 3 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 46 46
155–159 20 20 29 29 33 33 28 27 18 17 13 12 9 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 151 147
150–154 30 30 56 51 84 84 80 79 56 54 31 27 23 15 8 2 4 1 9 6 381 349
145–149 19 15 56 46 92 54 108 60 80 13 57 6 25 0 17 0 3 0 10 3 467 197
140–144 11 0 47 3 48 1 55 1 39 0 36 0 17 0 5 0 2 0 11 0 271 5
Below 140 3 0 11 0 12 0 22 0 22 0 16 0 11 0 7 0 2 0 2 0 108 0
Total 94 76 208 138 285 188 301 175 220 89 156 48 88 27 38 2 11 1 35 11 1436 755

Apps = Number of Applicants
Adm = Number Admitted
Reflects 99% of the total applicant pool; highest LSAT data reported.