Why Pace Law

Path to Practice

As you consider the law school options available to you, we encourage you to look at Pace Law School in New York.

Our unique “Path to Practice” curriculum, our superb location in the heart of the nation’s most dynamic legal marketplace, our commitment to providing exceptional value to students, and our nationally recognized centers of excellence – all of these make Pace Law the ideal choice for many students like yourself.

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Environmental Law

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Pace’s world-class Environmental Law Program is the training ground for lawyers who will help solve the world’s complex environmental, climate, land use, energy and resource problems.

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International Law

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Pace Law School is well known for being at the vanguard of International Law, identifying emerging areas, teaching them and then establishing centers and institutes to advance the body of law. 

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Criminal Justice

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The Pace Criminal Justice Institute generates educational opportunities for Pace Law students and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration between scholars, policymakers and practitioners in and outside the Pace community.

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Public Interest

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Pace Law School is renowned for the depth and breadth of public interest programs and the support it provides students interested in pursuing this area. Offering a range of scholarships and fellowships, the Public Interest Law Center also provides career counseling, and helps arrange summer placements and funding. 

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Clinical Training & Skills

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Long stressing the importance of experiencing the law beyond the classroom setting, the Clinical Skills and Training curriculum introduces foundational lawyering skills early in the first year through its First Year Legal Skills Program. In the upper level, clinics, externships and simulation courses are offered in varied practice areas, including environmental litigation, criminal law, immigration justice, investor rights and disability health law.

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Business Law

Pace’s Business Law program provides students with a range of scholastic and employment opportunities. Our dual JD/MBA degree, in partnership with Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, allows students to focus their interests while Pace’s centralized location enables them to network within the dynamic business and legal communities of the NY Metropolitan area.

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Intellectual Property

Offering more than 18 elective courses in the field of Intellectual Property Law, Pace allows students to pursue their passions while our ideal location provides them access to companies across the NY Metropolitan region including IBM, a top ten recipient of patents in the U.S..

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On Campus

Immigration Justice Clinic traveled to Dilley Texas to volunteer with the CARA Pro Bono Project

Over spring break, six Pace Law School students, along with Professors Vanessa Merton, Tom McDonnell and Vikki Rogers, and Miguel Sanchez-Robles from Pace Law’s Immigration Justice Clinic, traveled to Dilley, Texas to volunteer with the CARA Pro Bono Project and provide volunteer representation to women seeking asylum in the United States.

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Alumni Highlight

Stephen J. Brown on the steps of the Supreme CourtWhen Stephen J. Brown ('04) received his bachelor of arts degree in physics from The College of Holy Cross, law school was not necessarily at the front of his thinking. After graduating from college, Stephen started a position as an actuarial consultant in the risk management group of Deloitte & Touche. Although Stephen enjoyed working at Deloitte and his time there was well spent, he did not think the actuarial field was his calling and he revisited the idea of law school. Stephen knew he wanted to remain in the Northeast and eventually practice law in New York, so "Pace Law School made perfect sense." On top of that, his sister Susan had attended Pace Law and graduated in 1993 and had gone on to clerk for the Court of Appeals and land a fantastic position thereafter.

Starting as a 1L in 2001, he felt at home immediately and was confident he had made the best decision for his future career – an attorney. While at Pace, he kept busy and involved – from the Pace Law Review, to the Gaelic Law Society, and the Italian-American Law Students Organization. He also kicked back on campus, playing guitar and jamming with classmates Brendan Reilly ('04), Jennifer Kipe Moore ('04) and Greg Saracino ('04) and Professor David Dorfman, (with Brown, Sarasino, and Dorfman playing under the stage name the Gravanos!). He took a well-rounded variety of courses during his three years at the law school. One of his fondest memories is his participation in the London Law Semester. "It was such a unique and fulfilling experience. To experience what you learned in a classroom in the actual practical setting of another country was amazing and thoroughly educational." Upon graduating cum laude in 2004, Stephen also earned an international law certificate.

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