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LLM in Environmental Law

Pace was one of the first law schools in the country to develop a comprehensive and integrated curriculum in environmental law. With it came a commitment to ensure the sustainability of our natural and built environments. As the environmental program grew and prospered, it consistently achieved one of the highest rankings in the nation as an academic and action center.

Pace’s LLM in environmental law prepares lawyers to address the scientific, economic and political forces that shape the environment and to work for outcomes that protect our natural surroundings and promote smart and sustainable development. Over 40 environmental courses are available to satisfy the requirements for the LLM in Environmental Law as well as the scholarly research degree of Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Environmental Law. The LLM program also offers three optional specializations in Global Environmental Law, Land Use and Sustainable Development Law, and Energy and Climate Change Law.

Each of our environmental faculty members has had a significant career in the practice of law before becoming a legal educator. Even now, many of them provide consultation and litigation services on issues important to the environmental field. Their experience in law firms, as corporate counsel and as federal and state regulators adds important practical perspectives to principles of environmental law and the education of Pace’s environmental law students.

2016-17 Graduate Fellowships

Beginning in summer 2016, Pace Law School will hire four graduate research fellows to work within the Environmental Law Program and its on campus centers. The fellows will simultaneously be part-time staff and part-time LLM students. They will receive a modest stipends to cover living expenses and receive an LLM in Environmental Law in one to two years. Read more about our Graduate Research Fellows and access the job postings.

LLM Degree Requirements

Both US-trained and international candidates must complete a minimum of 24 credits. The LLM in Environmental Law may be completed in two full-time semesters, although some students choose to take three semesters or more. Except with special permission of the Academic Dean, students must complete the LLM degree within three (3) years of matriculation. International students must complete the Introduction to American Legal Systems and Introduction to US Legal Research courses and achieve at least a 2.33 grade point average. US-trained students must achieve a grade point average of 2.67. Unless registered in a specialized track, all candidates are required to take the following courses:

  • Environmental Law Survey (3 credits)
  • Environmental Law Skills and Practice (4 credits)
  • Science for Environmental Lawyers (2 credits)

LLM candidates must complete at least two major research papers or with special permission, may elect to prepare a master’s thesis.