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Welcome to the Graduate Programs at Pace Law School
Pace Law offers two unique LLM degree programs that provide students with the opportunity to specialize in a substantive field of the law. Pace JD candidates may enroll in a dual JD/LLM degree program in environmental law. Pace also offers a unique SJD degree in environmental law, a doctoral-level degree for aspiring professors or legal researchers.
Pace’s Environmental Law LLM immerses students in one of the nation’s most extensive and well-regarded academic programs in environmental law. The program has consistently ranked among the top three in the nation according to US News & World Report. Students can choose from over 40 environmental courses offered each year, and may participate in ongoing political, economic, and social research conducted by Pace’s internationally recognized faculty. In addition to a general environmental LLM, the program offers specialized tracks in Climate Change and Land Use and Sustainable Development for students interested in those cutting-edge fields of study.
The LLM in Comparative Legal Studies is intended for students who received their legal education outside the United States and who want to expand their knowledge of U.S. law or to explore an advanced field of law. The program introduces the principles of the U.S. legal system in a comparative context by building on the student’s knowledge and experience with a non-U.S. legal system. Students may take coursework in such specialized areas of U.S. law as international business law, criminal law, and intellectual property law, adding depth to their existing legal education. Students may pursue this program in order to qualify to take the New York State bar exam. The program develops students' knowledge of the U.S. legal system, allowing them to thrive in an increasingly transnational legal environment.
Pace University School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and the New York State Department of Education. The LLM programs have received acquiescence from the American Bar Association.
While many students return home after graduation to resume their practice, other Pace graduates seek work in the United States either for a professional training internship or for long-term employment. The Director for International Programs, the Assistant Dean for Environmental Law, and others make every effort to help students find the best public and private sector career opportunities to fit their interests.