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How to Apply: LLM and SJD Applicants
Applying to LLM and SJD programs
Admission into Pace graduate programs is competitive, with applicants judged mainly on the strength of their academic record. Environmental law applications are also reviewed for a demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in the field. SJD applicants should have attained an environmental law LLM with distinction to be considered for admission.
The Graduate Admissions Committee reviews all advanced degree applications. There is no official application deadline for LLM or SJD applicants; however, most admissions, scholarship, and financial aid decisions are made by May 1, and applications received after June 1 cannot be guaranteed consideration. International students are encouraged to begin their application process as soon as possible, in order to have enough time to secure a visa.
To be considered for admission to any of our graduate programs, please apply through LSAC's LLM service or submit the following to the Pace Law School Graduate Admissions Office:
2. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
3. Personal Statement
The personal statement must be typed, double-spaced, under 500 words, and in English. Please discuss your career goals and reasons for choosing to pursue a graduate degree at Pace Law School. Since a formal interview may not be possible, your personal statement is an opportunity to communicate to the Graduate Admissions Committee anything that is not immediately apparent from your academic record – helping to give them a broader picture of who you are, as well as your capabilities, goals, and perspective. You may wish to include a description of prior work experience, extracurricular or volunteering activities, and substantial time commitments you will face while attending school. You should try to anticipate any questions the committee may have while reviewing your application – such as distinct trends or inconsistencies in your academic record – and attempt to address them. Please make sure the personal statement is entirely your own work.
4. Letters of recommendation (at least two)
A former or current law professor
An employer who has supervised your professional or academic work
A colleague (if you are self-employed or in a partnership)
5. Legal writing sample
Such as a law school seminar paper, legal brief, or memorandum of law
Must be your own work and written in English
6. Complete resume or curriculum vitae
Summary of legal background
Chronological list of employment experiences and responsibilities
7. TOEFL or IELTS report
If English is not your native language and you have not been granted a waiver
8. Application fee
$60.00 nonrefundable application fee payable by check or money order to “Pace Law School,” or by credit card or wire transfer. Do not send cash through the mail. You may also use www.peertransfer.com/pace.
9. SJD applicants: A five (5) page thesis proposal is also required.
The above materials should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Pace Law School, Preston Hall
78 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603